In what seems to be a shocking denial by former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Obasanjo recently said that the third term agenda during his administration was actually initiated by the National Assembly and not him.
President Obasanjo made this assertion during a recent interview with him by Network Africa.
According to him:
“It is the role of the National Assembly to amend the constitution. Third term was one of the over 100 clauses that they included in that amendment; Over 100 clauses and they initiated it.
“It was not an executive bill, so you are extremely wrong. If I wanted a third term, that bill would have come from me.
“My Liaison Officer (Senator Florence Ita-Giwa) told the whole world that there was no day I called her to say go and work for a third term. Even Atiku (Alhaji Abubakar Atiku), who said some people told him that there was a third term agenda, has not mentioned the name of the person who told him.
“None of the people who were close to me will ever tell you that I told them to go and work for me for a third term.
“Even Mantu (Ibrahim Mantu), who was the Leader of the Senate and who, of course, was the one to present the bill emanating from anywhere (but this one came from the Senate itself), has never said I called him to say that I wanted a third term.
“So, all of you talking about third term are very unfair… you are mischievous and you are… I don’t know what else to call you.”
What do you think about the former Presidents’ recent assertions? True or false?