Why I Wanted Third Term For Obasanjo – Amadu Ali
A former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Amadu Ali, has revealed why he supported tenure elongation for former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006.
Ali said he supported it because the ex-President had done remarkably well at the time.
The former PDP Chairman while delivering a speech at the launch of a book that chronicled his life entitled: "The Many Colours of a Rainbow," launched in Abuja on Thursday.
In the 423-page book written by Gideon Tseja , the former PDP chairman said Obasanjo was not part of any scheme but had merely submitted 106 proposals to the National Assembly, one of which included tenure elongation.
He told the gathering that the decision to support Obasanjo’s tenure extension was a personal one and he never used his position as party chairman to manipulate the system in favour of the ex-military leader.
The book read: “What happened was that in the previous PDP administration (1999 – 2003 ) a number of constitutional amendments – 106 of them – was proposed.
“The new House took up the unfinished business which had been publicised and gazetted and began to debate.
“One of the proposed amendments was on the extension of the term of the President. The press focused on this one proposal and spawned new emotive descriptions to characterise the proposal as ‘President for life’, sit- tight President,’ tenure elongation campaign and so on.
“Senator Amadu Ali had his personal views about it and in fact, supported Obasanjo’s ‘tenure elongation’ wholeheartedly because he genuinely believed that Obasanjo was an extraordinarily good leader in spite of his perceived failings".
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