A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Donald Duke, has said he has no backing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Duke, a former governor of Cross River, had during the week, declared his intention to run in the 2019 presidential election.
He spoke with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, saying that though he remained close to Obasanjo, his decision to run was personal.
He said, “I am not hypocritical. I am close the former president but he is neither my sponsor nor backup. However, those who come up with this propaganda also go to get the ex-president’s endorsement.
“I will not keep people aside because of what others think. I need everybody’s support but I am running as Duke and nobody’s stogie.
“I will be putting myself up to run. How it pans out is not what I can say,’’ he said.
On the zoning system operated by the PDP, the former governor said that it would not deter him from running as it remained his constitutional rights.
“Let the people decide. Zoning is undemocratic. I am running as a Nigerian. Zoning has never brought out the best in us. It brings compromise,’’ he said.