Former Special Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Political Affairs, Chief Akin Osuntokun, yesterday clarified comments on the story captioned “Osuntokun rallies support for Jonathan,” published on Wednesday.
He said he could not have rallied for support for President Goodluck Jonathan when the president had not made his intention to contest for 2015 presidential election known to Nigerians.
He said when journalists confronted him with questions on the feud between Obasanjo and Jonathan, he specifically stated that he did not want to comment on it and that he did not criticise his former boss.
“I was not correctly reported in your story captioned,' Osuntokun rallies support for Jonathan'
“President Jonathan has himself not put forward his candidacy, so the issue of rallying support for him does not arise.
"As you rightly reported, I said he is entitled to re-contest.
“Secondly, I specifically stated that I do not wish to comment on his off with Obasanjo, let alone criticising Obasanjo.
"I know the news value of ascribing that to me, if and whenever I'm inclined to do that I will let be the first to know.”
Osuntokun, while fielding questions from journalists at his country home, Okemesi-Ekiti on Tuesday, at the first anniversary of the death of his mother, Mrs. Hannah Folorunsho Osuntokun had said Jonathan, by constitution, has every right to seek second term in office.
While decrying the heating up of the polity by some politicians because of personal interest, he pointed out that the current insecurity rocking the country was an offshoot of the 2015 presidential election.