A former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has told the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi, not to endorse any aspirants contesting for political offices.

Obasanjo stated this on Saturday at an event organised to honour Nteranya Sanginga, director-general of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

The event took place at the Ooni’s palace in Ile Ife, Osun state.

Speaking on the 2023 elections, Obasanjo said as a father to all, politicians will approach the monarch for support, but the best he should do is to “pray for such a person and let him go”.

“All the sons and daughters of Yorubaland, no matter where they are or their standpoint, will come to meet you. This is expected because you are the father of all,” Obasanjo said.

“Anyone of them who says that he is interested in politics, just pray for him and let them go. Anyone who approaches you and says that he wants to be president or governor, just pray for such a person and let him go.

“Don’t direct Yoruba people to support any aspirant, as we don’t all go in the same direction, which is part of our strength in Yorubaland.”