Ogiame Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri, on Saturday denied endorsing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant.
The clarification was issued and signed by the Head, Back Office Operations, Office of the Ogiame Atuwatse III, Oriiz Onuwaje, on Saturday.
Onuwaje was reacting to reports that the king had endorsed Tinubu after a delegation of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju (SWAGA) and Delta for Tinubu visited him on Thursday at his palace.
He said the reports were taken out of context to suit a narrative, adding that the king has no personal favourite.
He said the Olu of Warri had no political affiliation to any political party, or candidate vying for any office in the forthcoming elections and accused the writer of the report of contravening the palace’s non-partisan status.
He explained that Ogiame is a father figure to all and will not endorse or discredit any candidate to the detriment or advantage of others.
According to Onuwaje, the king has no personal favourite or special interests in any candidate, or political party vying for any office in the forthcoming elections one way or another.
“Ogiame is duty-bound to receive and proffer advice and blessings to all those who seek his audience and counsel.”