Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, has said he did not consult with former president Olusegun Obasanjo before declaring his presidential ambition for 2019.
Duke disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking with reporters in Lagos.
According to the presidential aspirant, while Obasanjo remains his friend, he did not need the former president's single approval to pursue his ambition.
Duke, who insisted that he is not a puppet of any political godfather, said he needed the support of all Nigerians to succeed.
He said,“I am not hypocritical. I am close to the former president, but he is neither my sponsor nor my 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 stooge.
“I will be putting myself up to run. How it pans out is not what I can say.’’
Insisting that the zoning principle is undemocratic, Duke said he would contest for the presidency as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution.
He further stated that his final decision on the political platform he will run under will be determined by what goes on in his party, the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP.
“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.
“There are talks going on with other platforms. When these talks are concluded, then Nigeria will know my final stand. I remain a bona fide member of the PDP,’’ he said.