The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, and veteran journalist Babafemi Ojudu, have said he will not back Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
The former lawmaker communicated this in a statement entitled, ‘Principled Political Choices are not Betrayal’.
Ojudu debunked reports that Tinubu made him successful, stating that he was already an accomplished publisher before he met Tinubu.
Ojudu, the leading campaigner for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said he would continue to follow his conscience, and cannot support Tinubu for the Presidency.
According to him, “The idea that everyone who has related with Tinubu and disagrees with him on this Presidential bid is a traitor and a betrayer is puerile. Many of us, his associates, were not made by him as you also want the world to believe.
“We were already made before meeting him and in the course of relating, we gave one another a helping hand. As far back as 1992 when I came to know him I was already one of the editors of a popular news magazine with a good standing too in the civil society.”
Ojudu stressed that he would not be intimidated by those calling him a traitor.
“On this matter of 2023 I wish him well but I cannot in good conscience give him my support or cast my vote for him in the coming primary. It is my right. I am above 60 years of age for God’s sake. I almost died seeking these inalienable democratic rights, held up in detention, and severally tortured. Your god is not my god.
“Let no one think he can browbeat or blackmail me to do what does not go with my conscience or my ideals. Enough of your phone threats and embarrassment of my family members!” said Ojudu.
The veteran journalist said as regards political decisions, he would continue to follow his conscience.