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Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Gbawe: 2:13pm On Apr 06, 2012
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Why won't OBJ resort to shameless revisionism when he knows Nigerians are susceptible to it ?
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by ibrahym47(m): 2:35pm On Apr 06, 2012
OBJ is the gr8est fool of his era
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by EagleNest(m): 2:40pm On Apr 06, 2012
Why is OBJ telling us this now. He would have said it when the heat was on. Who is he fooling that he has nothing to do about it. Are we babies? What of, if the effort had materialized? Will he tell us the same thing. Imagine all the monies wasted in lobbying and he is just waking up now to tell us that if he had wanted it he would've got it. OBJ wanted it but he didnt get it. He failed woefully...his god deserted him. Abeg, next thing jare!
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by belovedaja(m): 2:47pm On Apr 06, 2012
Kolababa: Does this man called Obasanjo think that Nigerians are fools?
The bill for tenure enlogation was an executive bill not a legislative bill as he claimed. That one by the way. Go and ask Former Rasheed Ladoja of Oyo State, he said his impeachment was not from Adedibu as people believed, Adedibu was just used by Obasanjo to deal with him for turning down the third term proposal. He said in 2005, OBJ called him and other SouthWest Governors excluding Lagos that was under AD that he wanted to amend the constitution for him to do third term and tat he wanted his SW PDP Governors to reach out to other governors on it. Ladoja said that he told Obasanjo plainly there in Otta that it was not possible and he would not be part of the agenda to amend the constitution for any personal gain. Because of this, OBJ marked him and he then sided Adedibu to make sure they got him out office by all means, legally or illegally.
Even Fayose said it that OBJ can tell others that he did not want third term but he cannot say it to his face, Fayose. He said he wrote the minute of the meeting they held in Aso Villa with Akala representing Oyo State where he introduced Akala as the new Oyo Governor when Ladoja was still in power. He said when Oyinlola sked why Akala, OBJ replied that Ladoja would be removed for stiffneckedness. He told them Ladoja dared him and as a result, his days are numbered as the governor.
Why is he now saying he did not want the third term.
OBJ IS A BLOODY LIAR.

hope your source is authentic
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by GenBuhari(m): 2:56pm On Apr 06, 2012
http://saharareporters.com/report/nigerian-disaster-called-obasanjo-0
The Nigerian Disaster Called Obasanjo
Posted: October 17, 2010 - 18:22

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The clearest statement on Obasanjo’s ambition to extend his tenure in office came in an interview with the Washington Post on April 3, 2006, when he said he remained undecided whether to seek a third term in office or not and that he had left the issue of a third term in office to God.

He emphasized in the interview he granted to the paper at his Ota farm in Ogun State, that God would decide whether to extend his tenure in office or not. He also said he “believed God is not a God of abandoned projects. If God has a project, he will not abandon it.” Obasanjo said that additional term in office if allowed by lawmakers and voters, would allow the reforms he had initiated in the past seven years to be ”anchored” and added, “the reforms we are putting in place have to be anchored, anchored in legislation, anchored in institution.” He would decide whether to run again or not after the National Assembly had voted on a proposal to revise the constitution, he concluded.

Obasanjo’s foot soldiers or arrow-heads on the third term campaign included: the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih; the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George; the Deputy President of the Senate, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu; the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Mrs. Florence Ita-Giwa; the leader of the Senate, Dansalu Maida; a Special Assistant at the Villa, Mr. Andy Uba, and the Governor of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki. The President’s strategists on the term elongation issue had six plans of action.

Obasanjo’s political reform conference was Plan A1. Plan A2, required the use of every means possible including blackmail, assassination or threats of it; threats of dismissal from the party for not towing party line; intimidation, bribery in cash and by awards of oil blocs and lucrative government contracts etc, and outright banditry to push the ‘third term’ agenda through the National Assembly (NASS), and eventually the state assemblies. Plan A3, involved pressurizing NASS leaders to jettison due process while voting on the constitution amendment bill, and to use instead, secret or voice vote to arrive at decisions to overcome the two-thirds obstacle for amending the constitution.

Plan A4, was to replace the three terms of four years each, with five or six years single tenure clause, allowing the President and Governors, extra one or two years each in power, if the third term plan appeared to be heading for failure. Plan A5, was the damage control strategy. The President would come out with the statement that he was not part of the plot all along, and that he abstained from taking sides over the third term issue throughout the debate. He was neutral and now that NASS had decided, he believed democracy had won and it was time for us to work together and heal the wounds of national unity.

Plan B, required that if third term bid failed, confusion and mayhem should be created in the polity before or during the 2007 elections, to encourage the opportunity to declare a state of emergency or the annulment of election results. That way, Obasanjo’s tenure in office could be elongated by between six months and two years, to give the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), ample time to prepare for credible elections. INEC betrayed the plan when in May 2006, it announced April 7 to 28 2007 election timetable, that allowed barely 30 days, as against the statutory 60 days, considered long enough, to sort out litigations etc, before the handover date on May 29, 2007.

Over 99% of Nigerians, including all private institutions, agencies, NGOs, human rights groups, professional groups, the Nigerian Labour Congress as a body, religious groups, ethnic militias, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the media excepting those controlled by the government, were solidly against the president’s plan to prolong his tenure in office. The private media in particular was largely in support of Nigeria’s survival and the strengthening of democracy through editorials and by providing space for dissents against the president and his cohorts determined to force tenure elongation on the nation by hook or crook.

In March 2006, the Editor of the New Nigerian newspaper, Mallam Mahmud Jaga, was sacked over the cover page story of his newspaper’s March 10, 2006 edition, which criticized the tenure elongation plot. Soon after this, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) pounced on the privately owned Freedom Radio station in Kano. The NBC accused the station of failing to handle phone-in programmes professionally and barred it from broadcasting between the hours of 5pm and 10pm daily for two weeks, a prime time belt when the station airs political and people-oriented programmes. The station was also asked to pay a penalty of N200,000.00 within 48 hours, failing which its license would be revoked. The station could not meet the demand so the federal government shot it down. A few days later, the police visited the Lagos offices of ‘The Insider’ magazine to harass the staff over a publication that was against the third term agenda of the government.

The Senate had five sessions on the constitution amendment exercise beginning on Wednesday the 3rd of May, 2006. To kick off the debate on the first day, the Senate President assured the Senators that all passages on the constitution amendment debate would be by voting, because division (by voting), was the only way to determine two-thirds of members. He urged the legislators to speak their mind and assured them that the entire exercise would be open, just, and transparent. And as a measure of the transparency, the entire constitution amendment exercise was allowed to be beamed live by Television, and attended by the media.

It was obvious from that first day of debate on the constitution amendment bill, that the third term agenda was going to be the main issue and that it was going to have a rough ride in the Senate. Out of the 13 Senators that spoke on the issue that day, eight were against tenure extension, two were undecided and only three were in support of the idea. On the second day of debate, which was Thursday the 4th of May 2006, six opposed tenure elongation while five were in favour and five were evasive or non-committal.

On Monday the 8th May 2006, Chief Tony Anenih, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, and Governor Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa State, visited the House Speaker, Alhaji Masari, and the Senate President, Ken Nnamani, at the National Assembly (NASS), to direct them to subvert the rules of both chambers in the ongoing debate on constitution amendments. They asked Nnamani and Masari to adopt secret balloting during the amendment exercise because the PDP believed that that was the only way the third term agenda could succeed.

Masari and Nnamani declined their requests and this prompted the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC), to beam its searchlight on the two leaders of the National Assembly from the following day. It is curious that the ICPC, rather than investigate the sources of funds used in bribing pro-third term legislators, decided to witch-hunt, intimidate, and harass, the leadership of the National Assembly at the time because they refused to adopt secret or voice vote, and prevent the media from covering the constitution amendment debate.

On the 3rd day of debate in the Senate, which was Tuesday May 9, 2006, twelve Senators spoke in support of the third term, two were against and two were undecided. The debate in the 360 members’ House of Representatives began on Wednesday 10th of May, 2006. Of the thirty-one members who spoke on that first day, eighteen were against the third term, twelve were in support and a member was undecided. The debate continued the following day, Thursday, with more members shooting down the third term agenda than were in support.

On the night of Wednesday 10th May, 2006, Obasanjo’s men visited the Apo legislative quarters’ residence of the Senate President to lobby him. The team included two governors, one from the South-South, the other from the North Central, and an aide to the president who along with his younger brother had been key players in the third term campaign.

The Senate President had been wary honouring invitations to Aso Rock (the seat of the Presidency) since the constitution amendment debate in the Senate. The team tried to persuade Nnamani to use secret voting instead of open voting or division, to determine two-thirds majority, to facilitate the easy passage of the constitution amendment in favour of third term. The problem for the Senate President and the Speaker of the House was that they were, in fact, helpless in the matter of what voting method to use, and knew that it was only by playing by the rules that they could hope to successfully and peacefully pilot the constitution amendment exercise in the National Assembly. Section 9 (2) of the 1999 Constitution required two-thirds of members, both in the Senate and House, for passage, after which concurrence of two-thirds of the 36 State Assemblies (i.e. 24 states), would be required.

On Thursday May 11, 2006, which was the fourth day of debate in the Senate, eleven members were against tenure elongation, eight were in support and five were undecided. A total of 42 Senators were already against third term by the end of that fourth day of debate, five members more than the 37 Senators needed to defeat the idea. There were 37 Senators in favour, a far cry from the 73 members needed for the tenure extension to sail through the Senate of 109 members. Sixteen Senators were evasive or undecided.

During the second day of debate in the House of Representatives, which was Thursday May 11, 2006, more members continued to speak against the third term agenda of the president than in support. In a fit of panic, the president delayed his jetting out in his new Boeing 737- 800 to the D8 meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, to give NASS leaders the warning to do everything possible to deliver the third term. Obasanjo repeatedly called the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari on the telephone, while the debate on constitution amendment was going on, and eventually prevailed on the Speaker to come to an urgent meeting at the presidential villa. Obasanjo’s invitation to Masari came when the House was still in session and this compelled Masari to adjourn sitting abruptly, despite the earlier schedule by the House to end sitting by 5pm that day to enable more Representatives to contribute to the debate.

The Senate President, Ken Nnamani and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, led other principal officers of the National Assembly, including the Senate Deputy President, Ibrahim Mantu, the Deputy Speaker, Austin Opara, the Senate leader Dalhatu Tafida, the leader of the House of Representatives Abdul Ningi and others to answer Obasanjo’s imperial summons at the presidential villa. The urgent meeting, which lasted for two hours, was a platform for Mr. President to exact pressure on the House Speaker and the President of the Senate, for the purpose of manipulating the voting process in the National Assembly in favour of tenure elongation. Also at the meeting were the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Anenih, and the Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, who insisted at the meeting that those opposed to the third term agenda should quit the party. After Chief Austin Opara, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep. had narrated at the meeting, the difficulty in getting the third term clause passed in the National Assembly due to the stiff opposition it was facing, Obasanjo gave a marching order to the leadership of the National Assembly to do everything humanly possible to make the third term agenda succeed.

He told the NASS leaders that he would not entertain any excuse from them and reminded them that by his military background, soldiers don’t retreat from battle. “You know that I am a soldier, soldiers do not retreat from battle. I have started a fight and, therefore, I will not retreat, I will not surrender,” Obasanjo said and added that the ‘third term’ was a policy of the PDP. He warned that voting the third term out, on the floor of the National Assembly, would amount to defeating the policy of the party that controls the National Assembly, and added that it would be “totally unacceptable to me, and I would not accept such a defeat. The party has to be saved from the disgrace of the National Assembly voting out third term,” he warned.

He was unhappy “with the tone, texture, and depth of the debate in both chambers of the NASS. The legislators are taking advantage of live coverage of the proceedings to repudiate both third term and his government.” He specifically referred to the House of Representatives where he claimed they were making issues personal and using uncivilized and unbecoming expressions to attack the person of the President. Obasanjo asked Nnamani and Masari to ensure that secret balloting was adopted to overcome the two-thirds requirement spelt out in the constitution. In the alternative, Obasanjo said the leadership should “use voice vote or simple majority to decide the third term issue.” Members of the 2007 Movement in the House of Representatives opposed to the third term agenda, on Friday 12 May, 2007, protested publicly against Obasanjo’s disruption of debate in the House of Representatives the previous day.

The major problem for the sponsors of the third term agenda was that receipts are not issued for bribes, and bribe takers faced with public glare that television broadcast of proceedings facilitates, are likely to pander to the dictates of popular public opinion and vote accordingly, than be influenced by the volume of money in their pockets. After all, their first constituencies are the people they represent and not the government or their political parties. So, Obasanjo’s government stopped the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), both government outfits, from live broadcast after the first day of debate in the Senate.

The National Assembly leadership, could not jettison the broadcast exercise by the private media, because of the ‘third term or nothing’ attitude of the President. That would destroy the credibility of the entire exercise. It was a delicate balancing act for the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. Live television coverage exposed the unpopularity of the third term proposal and enhanced the credibility of the constitution amendment proceedings at the National Assembly.

Africa Independent Television (AIT), a privately owned television station continued airing the constitution amendment debate despite endless harassment, intimidation, and assassination threats to the personnel of the station through the mail, physically and otherwise. AIT’s transmission equipment in the vicinity of the National Assembly was destroyed second day into broadcasting the proceedings at the National Assembly of the constitution amendment debate. On the 14th of May, 2006, the country home in Agenebode, Edo State, of the Executive Chairman of AIT, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, was razed by fire in the wee hours of the morning followed by the invasion of the premises of AIT in the Asokoro district of Abuja, in the day, by SSS operatives from the presidency, to cart away tapes.

The SSS men seized tapes, including the master tape of an anti-third term advertorial, which the station had been broadcasting from the night of Friday May 13, 2006. The advertorial normally ran for one hour and the last insertion was to have gone on air on the evening of Monday May 15, 2006. The advertorial traced past failed attempts by military rulers from General Yakubu Gowon to General Sani Abacha to extend their stay in power and the ignoble roles played in the failed attempts, particularly in the Abacha one, by many of the arrowheads of the Obasanjo tenure elongation campaign. The SSS men ordered the station to stop broadcasting the tape even if the advertiser brought a new copy.

The President’s security men also confiscated tapes of the ongoing National Assembly debate on the constitution amendment bill and ordered the station to stop further transmission of the debate. The station rebuffed this order, at the risk of putting lives and property at the station in peril. The AIT premises had to be hurriedly evacuated on Monday 15, May 2006, due to a bomb scare, but its live transmission of the debate on the constitution amendment at the National Assembly was stubbornly continued.

Before the bomb scare, the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, had a face-off with a chieftain of the PDP, when she was informed that a pro-third term advertorial, which had been running on the National Television (NTA) for a while, was being scheduled to run on AIT. She phoned AIT to protest against the airing of the tape. When the station tried to find out what to do from the PDP bigwig who authorized the airing in the first place, he insisted that the advertorial should be aired and that the protesting Minister could resign if she was uncomfortable with it. It took the intervention of the Presidency to bring the matter under control.

Despite the relentless pressure on AIT from pro-third term sponsors and security agents of the government to discontinue relaying live signals of the debate on the constitution amendment bill at the National Assembly, the AIT pushed on undeterred, and weathered the storms to the end to provide Nigerians with the details of what happened at the National Assembly in their name. Without the courage and steadfastness of the AIT, the fate of the third term in the National Assembly would almost certainly have been different.

The Central Bank of Nigeria’s periodic statement of accounts released in the second week of May, 2006, showed massive and curious withdrawals in the seven months preceding the constitution amendment debate at the National Assembly thereby fueling speculation that the government had been withdrawing funds from the (Nigerian Excess Crude Oil Account, managed by the Ministry of Finance, through the Central Bank), to finance the campaign for tenure extension.

Between October 2005, and April 2006, US $14,264 billion (about N1, 857 trillion), was withdrawn from the account called the ‘Federation Account,’ without the constitutionally required legislative authority. While two withdrawals were listed as payments to the Paris Club, including 1% commission on each payment, another payment that was not of public knowledge was listed, making three sets of payments to the Paris Club. There were various withdrawals listed as payments for Niger Delta Power Com plants between October 4, 2005, and April 5, 2006, amounting to US $2.4b. The other very disturbing withdrawals were made without giving reasons or explanation as follows: 12/12/05 ($170,549,006.00); 15/03/06 ($471,143.17); 20/03/06 ($442,947.50); 22/03/06 ($144,063,485.00); 27/03/06 ($17,290,067.04) and on 30/03/06 ($630,115.85) making a total of ($333,446,764.56) or over US $333 million. (Courtesy Punch, May 9, 2006).

The Senate decided on May 2, 2006, to investigate the withdrawals, which if they had been necessary, should have been made from the Consolidated Revenue Account after due legislative approved. While we were waiting for explanations for the withdrawals, Obasanjo claimed that the $17,290,067.04 he withdrew illegally on 27/03/06, was for the two extra days he arbitrarily imposed for census enumeration.

In the five days before the constitution amendment bill was thrown out in the Senate (i.e. between Friday 12 May, and Tuesday 16 May, 2006), more than ten billion naira in cash was alleged to have been moved around to bribe legislators. This was besides the billions of naira lavished in the months before the debate in the National Assembly to compromise legislators, strategic individuals, opinion molders, leaders of tribal groups, traditional rulers, religious leaders, trade union leaders, NGOs, student union leaders, the military hierarchy, etc. The cash bribe to corrupt the system kept rising in the ‘count-me-in’ competition between the Federal government and well known and identified facilitators, including State governments, governors, political zone leaders, Companies including the Nigerian Breweries, the new Transcorp sponsors, select banks angling to manage our foreign reserves and retired military Generals. The assumption was that since Nigerian politicians are largely corrupt by nature and our people are very poor generally, everyone could be bought, so the sponsors of the third term project were ready to empty the volts of the Central Bank of Nigeria on it, rather than be disgraced with failure.

It is estimated that over N250 billion in cash, (apart from other inducements like allocations of oil blocs and sumptuous government contracts), was used all around, to corrupt those for and against tenure elongation and civil society. Some civil society unions and NGO’s were given land and cash for their secretariats or largesse for other urgent projects while their leaders each got on the average N20m bribe. A long overdue request to equate the HND with Universities’ first degrees was given the impression of being approved at the time to pacify a large segment of the students’ population. Some stubborn, impossible to compromise frontline human rights activists (including Chima Ubani and others) lost their lives in sudden and suspicious circumstances early in the struggle. Beko Ransome-Kuti’s death was difficult to dismiss as purely natural, especially coming at the height of the third term imbroglio.

NLC leadership had to be prodded by the popular lawyer and human rights activists, Gani Fawehinmi, to make a categorical statement on the third term agenda of Obasanjo during its May Day ceremonies on May 1, 2006. A rather ambiguous statement, weak on positive engagement and activism came from the leader of the NLC’s May Day message on the principles and preoccupations of trade unionism and civil matters generally rather than on the ‘third term,’ which was the great debate of the day. The NLC leader was eyeing the position of governorship of a state in the follow-up election at the time. As far as the leadership of the TUC was concerned, there was no sentiment, no ambiguity, no pretence. After all, Obasanjo gave them their union on a platter. He had earned the right to rule us for life and should be allowed to do so.

The Military leadership too was rubbished by the filthy lucre soaked third term agenda of the president. The Guardian newspaper of May 5, 2006, reported a meeting between a Nigerian senior military officer and a select group of reporters on the issues of ‘third term’ and the ‘Niger Delta.’ At the meeting, which was secret with its date undisclosed, the military boss revealed to the few reporters invited, on the condition of anonymity, and probably wearing a mask too, that the Military High Command viewed the ‘third term’ controversy as, “just democracy in action and does not pose any threat to peace and security of the nation.” He expressed surprise about the hue and cry over the issue that had not yet been fully debated by the National Assembly (NASS) and advised citizens to wait for the verdict of the NASS and accept it. He cited the dictum that, “the minority would have their say while the majority would have their way,” and added this vintage ‘third term’ script, “you have to know we are coming out of albatross. Somebody has to lead this country and we have started the journey with a great promise. We need to reach there. We don’t like the public concentration on the third term. We have to make this Nigeria project work. We have wasted over 40 years as a nation. It is only now that we are seeing the height to go.”

On Friday 12th May, 2006, the media was agog with reports that some members of the National Assembly were each collecting N50 million cash bride from two banks, one a new generation bank and the other, an old one, to support the third term agenda of the president. The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Osita Nwaja, when asked what they were doing about the scandal, said (see Saturday Punch of May 13, 2006), that although the Commission had a wind of the bribery allegations through media reports, they were not investigating it. Later in the week, the Chairman of the Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, sounding unusually look warm in such matters, said tongue-in-cheek, that they would investigate, thus suggesting lack of serious commitment to the unraveling of the scam.

A House of Representatives member, Alhaji Nasiru Dantiye of the ANPP, alleged in an interview published in the Punch of Monday 15, 2006, that he was offered $1 million to support the third term project. Speaking against the background of reports that lawmakers opposed to the project were freshly offered N150 million each to induce their support, Dantiye was offered $1 million on Thursday 11 May, 2006 night, in cash at a hotel in Abuja. He said, “My price shot up like crude oil about three days ago, it increased from fifty million naira to one million dollars.” He was made an additional offer of allocation of unspecified products from the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC). He rejected the offers because he was guided by his conscience and commitment to his constituents. In rejecting the bribe, he set a condition, which the bribe presenter could not meet. He said he asked the bribe presenter if he could guarantee that “I (Dantiye) will live long enough to enjoy the money, we have a deal. He (the bribe presenter) could not give the guarantee because he doesn’t have the power to prolong my life for a single second.”

In a report in the Punch of May 13, 2006, the presidency threatened to withdraw and eventually actually withdrew 50% of the area covered by the Oil Prospecting Lease 246 awarded to South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd, an oil firm owned by the former Minister of Defense, Lt. General Theophilus Danjuma. Danjuma’s opposition to the extension of President Obasanjo’s tenure and Danjuma’s alleged romance with General Babangida, who was interested in contesting the 2007 presidential election, appeared to be the problem. Danjuma in an interview with a national newspaper condemned the tenure elongation plan of the President as an “evil that must be buried.” Danjuma’s wife, Senator Daisy, was non-committal during her contribution to the debate on the third term project in the Senate. Danjuma immediately went to court to fight for his rights over the oil bloc issue but he did not stand much chance against the government in such matters.

In an open letter on the tenure elongation issue published in the press in mid May 2006, Rev. Father George Ehusani said, “The one whom the gods want to destroy, they first made mad.” That same week, it was reported in the press that the convoy of the President was attacked by a mob wielding amongst other objects, stones, sticks, pure water sachets, when the President visited Kano on his way to Dutse, in Jigawa State. The attack was against the President’s maneuvers to elongate his tenure in office. An earlier attack over the same issue took place in Lagos, when demonstrators loyal to the President, barricaded the entrance to the Ikoyi, Lagos, home of the Vice president, Ajhaji Atiku Abubakar, because of his open disagreement with the President, over the tenure extension issue. The protesters followed the Vice President to the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport to continue booing him while the police looked on as if helpless.

In another report in the Punch of Saturday May 13, 2006, Obasanjo’s first wife, Mrs. Remi Obasanjo, begged third term campaigners to let Obasanjo return home in 2007. She said, “Eight years is enough…, people s
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by brainchild78(m): 2:57pm On Apr 06, 2012
more diplomatic lies for the masses right! guess its just another case of the same s**t but different story.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by gulfer: 3:09pm On Apr 06, 2012
Plan A5, was the damage control strategy. The President would come out with the statement that he was not part of the plot all along, and that he abstained from taking sides over the third term issue throughout the debate. He was neutral and now that NASS had decided, he believed democracy had won and it was time for us to work together and heal the wounds of national unity.
I guess he took the option above!
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by KINGwax(m): 3:21pm On Apr 06, 2012
Callotti: Show us proof that Jesus is the only 'biggoten' son of God first!
or the proof u aint an id¡ot alwys
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Nobody: 4:49pm On Apr 06, 2012
belovedaja:

hope your source is authentic
Its not.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by ignis(f): 5:21pm On Apr 06, 2012
Darui: He did not. Ask for a third term.
Show me any article or clip to prove he wanted a third term.
Guy, aint You a nigerian? Wat proove do u need again?
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Johnny(m): 5:58pm On Apr 06, 2012
How many of u here ranting were at d national assembly @ dat time to testify dat OBJ actually bribed them for 3rd term,or how many of u even eva had discussion wit any Legislature regarding 3rd term?U choose to believe some disgruntled elements like Atiku &disbelieve OBJ that he actually wanted 3rd term.....its ur opinion anyway.as for me,i believe him dat if he wanted it,he wud ve gotten it!But then,does that warrant sum of u cretins here calling him names?*spit &shake my head*
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by ypzilanti: 7:55pm On Apr 06, 2012
Why do our journalists always let our politicians get away with rubbish talk? Answers below:

(a)No research for follow up questions.
(b)Too busy thinking about the cash envelope awaiting them after the 'interview'.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by member479760: 8:29pm On Apr 06, 2012
That's the man, the right candidate for world bank presido!
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by member479760: 8:30pm On Apr 06, 2012
For that Job you are not going to invent anything anyway - just do what den ask you to do - mumu!
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by herokings: 8:33pm On Apr 06, 2012
Nigerians have been so fooled by the likes of OBJ and IBB. there4 every comment emanating 4m them is nothing but a deadly poison. i think it will do them good to go hiding than coming out to clear d air they have so polluted.they should enjoy their over time in life and prepare 4 their judgment. is it now He knows God"s existence? i thought he was God when he was ruling.dude, i cud not hold back my aggressive smile when he says he has resigned as the BOT chairman of PDP. why did he not resign as a president even when a lot of allegations were leveled on him.who cares now whether he muted d idea of third term or not.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by oiseworld: 9:11pm On Apr 06, 2012
Johnny: How many of u here ranting were at d national assembly @ dat time to testify dat OBJ actually bribed them for 3rd term,or how many of u even eva had discussion wit any Legislature regarding 3rd term?U choose to believe some disgruntled elements like Atiku &disbelieve OBJ that he actually wanted 3rd term.....its ur opinion anyway.as for me,i believe him dat if he wanted it,he wud ve gotten it!But then,does that warrant sum of u cretins here calling him names?*spit &shake my head*

thank you ojare!!
If all our politicians are corrupt then who should we believe? You don't believe OBJ, you dont believe atiku, you don't even believe JESUS CHRIST. Then who would you believe. As for that fayose, if baba told him anything about a third term on a one on one bases or any other bases, did he ask him to push it? Did he bribe him. Now that baba has retied from politics more truth would emerge concerning nigeria and nigerian politicians. And i agree for sure that if baba truely wanted a third term he would have gotten it. FORGET WHAT ALL THOSE YEYE MONEY LOVING POLITICIANS ARE SAYING.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Tropilo(m): 10:00pm On Apr 06, 2012
Ok! If OBJ did not want the 3rd term stuff. Why did he not tell the agitators to stop? That would have taken care of all these silly soured grapes statements. His body language then was inglorious. I thought he was a statesman!
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by dmainboss: 10:02pm On Apr 06, 2012
As much as you might like or dislike Obj, the fact is, he never asked anyone for third term. and there is no proof he did. Saying some senators. were offered Ghana must go does not in anyway prove anything.

And to hear some senators coming. out to say they rejected such huge sums because of their conscience is laughable. Isn't it these same thieving senators and reps? That are robbing us blind? When did they finally develope a conscience? funny.

The truth is if baba really wanted a third term, he could have done it. Like him or hate him but he is the strongest Nigerian alive. Without him the country could have split by now. No other Nigerian commands respect from North to south like OBJ. He is the only national leader in Nigeria today. All other leaders are sectional leaders.

He probably nurtured the thought and maybe kept mute to observe public opinion but those are not in any way evil and every man has a right to think or imagine anything. And there is no proof he directly or indirectly made moves to push it.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Skoopy(m): 10:36pm On Apr 06, 2012
Mekky2010:

By Olawale Olaleye

For the first time since he left office in 2007, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has cleared the air on his alleged controversial third term bid and said the idea generated from the National Assembly and not him.

The former president who said this in an interview that will be fully aired on Channels Television today at 2.30pm but from which a two minutes clip was played as an appetizer said he would have succeeded with the idea if he wanted a third term as was suggested towards the end of his presidency in 2007.

He said there was nothing he ever wanted that God did not do for him, as such, if he truly wanted the third term, he knew how he would have gone about it and would have secured it because God has never failed him.

He said his Liaison officer to National Assembly affairs, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a living witness to all that transpired during the period and can testify to the fact that the idea of third term did not generate from him.

“If I wanted a third term, I know how to go about it. And there is nothing I wanted that God has not given me. So, if I wanted a third term, I know how to go about it and I would have gotten it,” Obasanjo said with emphasis.

He said those who spoke about his alleged move to secure a third term, including his then deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have never mentioned that he discussed the issue with anyone or the name of anyone but have only said they knew there was a plan for tenure elongation.

Rather, he said this has been based on hearsay.
Obasanjo said the third term clause in the proposed amendment of the Constitution then was just one of the over 100 items for amendment.

He said the bill was initiated by the National Assembly, adding that the then Chairman of the joint committee of the National Assembly on the review of the constitution, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, never said he initiated or mandated the committee to include the clause in the proposed amendment.
He added: “There is no one that is close to me that can say I even mentioned to him that I was interested in a third term.”

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/again-obasanjo-denies-requesting-for-3rd-term/113109/
Baba, you should be more confident to say that you are ''JACOB'' while over 150 million Nigerians are ''ESSAU''.
No be ya fault.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by shoboy9: 10:48pm On Apr 06, 2012
Its a daft idea. Why would a man who gave up power as a military ruler want third term. To further shame his critics, he has now stepped down from BoT chair. People will always canvass for the guy in charge to continue. We have an abundance of such sycophants in nigeria. Inever believed he was the one behind it. The Governors stood to gain a lot from it and so many others who wanted to rewrite the constitution.

And we see them today. Atiku who refused to step down while actively working against the man he was supposed to serve let alone serving the masses. Up till today, he refuses to do anything significant for his fellow nigerians. Everything must go to his pocket.

Prosperity will judge.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by Nobody: 12:19am On Apr 07, 2012
ignis:
Guy, aint You a nigerian? Wat proove do u need again?
I hate my Nigerianness to be questioned this way. Hating obj is not a prerequisite to be a Nigerian.
After going thru articles and ofcourse witnessing it that time, it is my belief that the idea did not originate from obj. All the 'proof' are from disgruntled,corrupt,former allies. They are not reliable. That's not to say,obj was perfect. Far from it. But the good work(there were also bad decisions) he did should not be rubbished on the altar of public opinion.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by juman(m): 6:13am On Apr 07, 2012
belvo: Has any nigerian ever wanted the UN sec gen post and fail?

Yes. He was out because he could only speak english.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by juman(m): 6:18am On Apr 07, 2012
OBJ is a big liar.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by ekwynwa1: 7:31am On Apr 07, 2012
Kolababa: @Skullbaba
Remember Senator Ajimobi presented the N50 million cash bribe offered them for the third term. Thanks to Senator Ken Nnamani I respect so much for playing a stateman game not the chopchop David Mark we have now. Also most of the governors then especially from the North mobilised their lawmakers to vote against the satanic third term.
So, it is not the matter of If I wanted it, I would have gotten it.

Don’t respect the silly Ken Nnamai, the selfish man worked against the third term bid cos OBJ did not agree with the terms of making him governor of Enugu state, not for any yeye integrity in him.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by kunyeo(m): 7:35am On Apr 07, 2012
Callotti: Show us proof that Jesus is the only 'biggoten' son of God first!
The manner you people trifle and bandy around with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ shocks me! What does He have to do with this?
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by cjfavour(m): 7:36am On Apr 07, 2012
OBASANJO I KNOW IS A LIAR AND FULL OF DECEPTION. HE IS LYING AND HE REMAIN A LIAR. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS 'TESTING THE WATER' STYLE.IF U PPL HAVE 4GOTTEN NT ME.EVEN B4 CONSTITUTING D CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT COMMITTE,HE'V STARTED LOBBYING FOR IT AKA SPREADING GHANA MUST GO.IF ITS D N/A DT STARTED IT,WHY DID THEY SHOOT D BILL DOWN?WHY DID HE PUNISHED ALL THOSE WHO WERE AGAINST D IDEA BY NT SELECTING THEM FOR ANY POST? LET ME SAY IT AGAIN: NIGERIA MADE A BIG MISTAKE MAKING OBJ PRESIDENT.TO ME,D MAN IS MENTALLY DERANGED.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by juman(m): 7:45am On Apr 07, 2012
cjfavour: OBASANJO I KNOW IS A LIAR AND FULL OF DECEPTION. HE IS LYING AND HE REMAIN A LIAR. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIS 'TESTING THE WATER' STYLE.IF U PPL HAVE 4GOTTEN NT ME.EVEN B4 CONSTITUTING D CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT COMMITTE,HE'V STARTED LOBBYING FOR IT AKA SPREADING GHANA MUST GO.IF ITS D N/A DT STARTED IT,WHY DID THEY SHOOT D BILL DOWN?WHY DID HE PUNISHED ALL THOSE WHO WERE AGAINST D IDEA BY NT SELECTING THEM FOR ANY POST? LET ME SAY IT AGAIN: NIGERIA MADE A BIG MISTAKE MAKING OBJ PRESIDENT.TO ME,D MAN IS MENTALLY DERANGED.
^^
I agree, OBJ performed very badly. He is selfish person.

Some of "his senators" that pressed for third term are senator Mantu, David Mark and his best friend general Tunde ogbeha and many others. But thank God it was stopped.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by cjfavour(m): 7:56am On Apr 07, 2012
OBJ said he knows how to get whatever he wants. That's a lie too. In 2011 he wanted another person as a gov bt today all can see dt he failed. He wanted to capture lagos bt he failed. He wanted to compesate his boy servant andy by making him d gov of anambra bt he failed. He wanted his daughter to remain a senator,he failed. He even lost his ward election. He went to senegal and told them to allow their president to run for third tenure and stay for only two yrs,bt today we all can see dt OBJ failed again in his third term agenda. BEWARE OF THIS EVIL CALLED OBASANJO. AND SM1 PLS TELL HIM DT RESPECT IS EARNED.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by cjfavour(m): 8:08am On Apr 07, 2012
Ekwy + Nwa:


Don’t respect the silly Ken Nnamai, the selfish man worked against the third term bid cos OBJ did not agree with the terms of making him governor of Enugu state, not for any yeye integrity in him.
ITS ONLY IN NIGERIA DT ONE MAN CAN MAKE ANOTHER GOVERNOR.IS KEN NNAMANI NT BETTER THAN THIS ANTI LABOUR GOV IN ENUGU? KEN DID NT CONTEST BCS HE KNOWS DT AFTER SHOOTING DOWN OBJ'S THIRD TERM AMBITION,HE WILL NT ALLOW HIM TO WIN PDP PRIMARIES.HE DID NT CONTEST.I WAS IN NIGERIA WHEN ALL THESE WERE HAPPENING,SO I KNOW BETTER.OBJ IS A LIAR FRM D PIT OF HELL. CHECK HIS TENURE AND SEE D TYPE OF LIES HE AND HIS CRONIES FED D PPL. I WILL NT FORGET DT OBJ COMMISSIONED SECOND NIGER BRIDGE WITH FESTIVITY BT DID NT AWARD D CONTRACT.
Re: Obasanjo Denies Ever Requesting For 3rd Term.. by 1025: 8:44am On Apr 07, 2012
“If I wanted a third term, I know
how to go about it. And there is
nothing I wanted that God has not
given me. So, if I wanted a third
term, I know how to go about it and I
would have gotten it,” Obasanjo said
with emphasis.

@obasanjo,
you are just mad. you wanted third term and not only did God refuse to listen to you, Bush said no to u and nigerians said no, ait said no and they were beaten like common criminals. obasanjo some of the things you wanted, satan gave u not God example was when u wanted to sleep with ur daughter in law and satan gave her to u.
obasanjo, u wanted iyabo to win another term in the senate but God and ogun state ppl refused.
obasanjo was in imo state twice to convince imo ppl to vote eng. Charles Ugwo but God and imo ppl said no.
obasanjo wanted soludo as the gov of anambra state and God did not look his way.
obasanjo wanted orjo uzor kalu to be jailed but both satan and God said no.
u wanted to win west and tinubu said no to u.
obasanjo, according to ur old and backward reasoning, if God always give u what u want, why did God not give u steady electricity for which u stole over $16B abi u no want light as a man of darkness?
abeg, is it true that you(obasanjo) just resigned to context pdp youth leader?

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