‘Count me out of Politics’ – Aliko Dangote refutes Rumors of Presidential Aspiration

by on November 15, 2016

Al­haji Aliko Dangote, has dismissed reports of his being wooed by pow­erful close-knit, Northern power brokers, who call the shots in Aso Rock, to succeed President Mu­hammadu Buhari in 2019.

Dangote, the president of the sprawling international business conglomerate, Dangote Group, said yesterday, that he “has no interest in politics, now or in the future,” and that he is “an entre­preneur and has his hands full al­ready.”

The president of Dangote Group further stressed that he “has enough challenges to keep him busy,” and that he is “not a pol­itician but a professional entre­preneur.”

When reminded that the cur­rent US President-elect Donald Trump is also a successful busi­ness mogul who never had expe­rience in government, Dangote, who didn’t want to be drawn out on the matter, stated that “the Ni­gerian setting is different from the US setting.”

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In further clarification, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, who spoke on behalf of Dangote, stated that, “As a professionally run organisa­tion with the interest of its share­holders in mind, we don’t think politics is our priority.”

Chiejina, who stated that the shark-infested waters of Nigeri­an politics, strewn with banana peels, remain outside the partici­patory vision of his principal.

“He has enough challenges in business to keep him extremely busy,” Chiejina stated.

Members of the cabal running Aso Rock are no longer comfort­able with Buhari’s performance and are worried that the North could lose the Presidency in 2019 if nothing was done urgently.

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Leading members of the cabal are largely from Adamawa, Borno and Katsina States.

The high-stake game is borne out of the deep knowledge of the President’s health, which has fuelled specula­tions that Buhari may not run for a second term on health grounds.

Age is also not on his side. Born on December 17, 1942, Pres­ident Buhari would be close to 77 years old by 2019.

Consequently, the North, which fought tooth and nail to retrieve power from the South, has started looking beyond Buhari.

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, who, like the Unit­ed States President-elect, Donald Trump, lacks any prior experience in government, has been fingered by the cabal as a worthy replace­ment for Buhari, come 2019.

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But with his incisive rebuttal of such ambition, Dangote has firmly rested such permutations involving him ahead of 2019 – at least for now.


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