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How we aborted Obasanjo’s ‘third term’ agenda – Ken Nnamani

The former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has revealed a portion of the means he took to cut short the residency extension plan (also called Third Term) of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mr Nnamani, while talking at the public show of his book: "Remaining steadfast: Legislative Reforms, Third Term and Other Issues of the fifth Senate," at the International Conference Center, Abuja, on Thursday, said by dismissing the senate over the span of the sacred correction process, a few congresspersons on the side of the bill had a difference at the top of the priority list in the wake of connecting with their constituents.

Mr Nnamani, who represent Enugu East Senatorial District on the foundation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was senate president somewhere in the range of 2005 and 2007.

It was during his residency that Mr Obasanjo, in 2006, tried to broaden his residency past the intrinsically permitted two terms of four years each in 2006.

The former president, who was likewise the country's tactical ruler somewhere in the range of 1976 and 1979, needed the National Assembly to correct the 1999 Constitution to empower him delay his visit in office.

The move produced strain in the land at that point.

Mr Obasanjo has over and over denied he had an arrangement to go through an additional four years in office.

"Assuming I needed a third term, I realize how to go with regards to it. What's more, there isn't anything I needed that God has not given me," he told Channels Television in 2012.

In any case, describing how the third term plan was destroyed, Mr Nnamani said, "I needed congresspersons to cast a ballot with their psyche on whether or not we ought to revise the constitution to permit President Obasanjo a third term. I additionally needed their votes to address the perspectives on their constituents.

"To be an educated trustee, the congresspersons need to comprehend the perspective on their constituents prior to projecting their votes. On this premise, the senate dismissed to permit the legislators to talk with their constituents about the constitution alteration. With this intercession, a few congresspersons got back with edified perspectives," he said.

Mr Nnamani further unveiled that the live transmission of the entire on May 16, 2006, when a change of the constitution to permit three terms for Nigeria's leaders, constrained a few legislators to forsake support for the bill looking for a third term for Mr Obasanjo.

He said powers inside the public authority attempted to stop the broadcast procedures to keep Nigerians from following the interaction.

"We chose to broadcast the procedures. Publicizing the procedures was not upheld by the people who needed to carry into the Constitution the expansion of residency through unclear and obscured methodology,

They realized that in the event that we had sidelined Nigerians from the procedures, and accordingly diminished public strain on the assembly, it is feasible to slam through, yet I remained steadfast.

"We conquered exceptional tension even from the most elevated level of government. We kept on communicating the procedures. The aftereffect of the exposure and transparency was that we got our majority rule government.

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