- Many years after ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo had wanted to run for office for a third term, details of the incident continue to emerge
- In less than two months various politicians have come publicly to narrate the roles they played in truncating Obasanjo’s third term ambition
- One of them is the 79-years-old former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki who has explained his role in the matter
A former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, has narrated how he ensured that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo did not achieve his third term presidential ambition in Nigeria.
The 79-years-old former leader said he worked with one of Nigeria’s ex-military heads of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, against Obasanjo’s ambition.
Discussions on amendment of bill in favour of Obasanjo
Mbeki said that after his discussion on the matter with Obasanjo, he also called Abubakar over the issue and they both agreed that the proposed amendment of the bill in favour of the ex-president was undesirable.
Daily Trust also reports that Mbeki said that as of the time he was making all these moves, the Nigerian parliament had begun plans to draft an amendment of the bill to allow presidents to run for office for a third term.
The South African leader said he had shared the view with Abubakar that the bill must be avoided at all cost.
“We were of one mind that it spells bad both for Nigeria and the rest of the continent, tampering with and compromising our democratic system, which is just a few years old.”
“We agreed to add our voices to those kicking against the amendment. We agreed that Abdulsalam would follow the situation in Nigeria closely and indicate to me when we should intervene against the constitutional amendment.”
“I was very pleased when he called that the Nigerian senate has voted against the amendment.”
Ken Nnamani reflects on Obasanjo’s third term ambition
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former lawmaker and the president of Senate between 2005 and 2007, had said that Obasanjo’s ambition for a third term denied him a seat at the Senate for a second time.
Ken Nnamani said in his new book disclosed the major role he played in stopping Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term bid.
Nnamani said he strategically sacrificed his position for re-election into the National Assembly to achieve this.
Godswill Apkabio speaks on Obasanjo’s third term ambition
Godswill Akpabio said he almost quit his campaign ahead of the elections over huge promises made to serving governors at the time.
The former governor said Senator Ken Nnamani helped end the house boy and house girl era in his state.