The move generated a lot of controversies among Nigerians and it was strongly resisted by many power brokers as at that time. Ken Nnamani who was the Senate president as at that time was one of those who resisted the move entirely.
While speaking at the international conference centre on Thursday, the former Nigerian senate president revealed some of the steps he took to abort the third term agenda of Obasanjo. This will form the basis of our article today.
Ken Nnamani disclosed that some lawmakers who were loyal to Obasanjo as at that time wanted to make use of some undefined method to ensure his move became a success but they were swiftly resisted.Photo credit: IcirNigeria
Nnamani disclosed that by televising the may 16, 2006, Plenary session where they discused about the alteration of the constitution to allow for a third term for presidents, they were able to prevent Obasanjo's loyalists from having their way, knowing fully well that Nigerians were keenly watching the entire proceedings from the comfort of their homes.
He said a lot of forces in power then did all they could to prevent the National Assembly from televising the proceedings but they pushed on.
"We overcame intense pressure even from the highest level of government. We continued to broadcast the proceedings. The result of the publicity and openness was that we secured our democracy" he maintained.
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Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo had repeatedly denied ever pushing for a third term when he was in office. In 2012, while speaking on Channels TV, he said if it was his intentions to have another term, he knew what he would have done.
As a reader, what do you have to say about this? Do you think Obasanjo deserved a third term then?
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