The ragged Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has published just a few of the steps he took to abort the tenure elongation agenda (otherwise identified as Third Interval of time) of ragged President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mr Nnamani, while talking at the public presentation of his book: “STANDING STRONG: Legislative Reforms, Third Interval of time and Other Elements of the Fifth Senate,” at the Worldwide Conference Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, mentioned by adjourning the senate throughout the constitutional modification direction of, some senators in fortify of the bill had a switch of mind after interacting with their constituents.
Mr Nnamani, who represented Enugu East Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Secure together (PDP), change into once senate president between 2005 and 2007.
It change into once throughout his tenure that Mr Obasanjo, in 2006, sought to elongate his tenure past the constitutionally-allowed two phrases of 4 years each in 2006.
The ragged president, who change into once also the nation’s protection power ruler between 1976 and 1979, wanted the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Structure to enable him lengthen his stop in office.
The pass generated rigidity within the land at the time.
Mr Obasanjo has many times denied he had a thought to announce one other four years in office.
“If I wanted a third term, I do know easy crawl about it. And there may be nothing I wanted that God has no longer given me,” he told Channels Television in 2012.
Nonetheless narrating how the third term agenda change into once killed, Mr Nnamani mentioned, “I wanted senators to vote with their mind on the inquire of whether or no longer we ought to amend the structure to permit President Obasanjo a third term. I also wanted their votes to indicate the views of their constituents.
“To be an told trustee, the senators desire to realize the leer of their constituents forward of casting their votes. On this foundation, the senate adjourned to permit the senators to focus on over with their constituents relating to the structure modification. With this intervention, some senators returned with enlightened views,” he mentioned.
Mr Nnamani additional disclosed that the are living transmission of the plenary on Might 16, 2006, when an alteration of the structure to permit three phrases for Nigeria’s presidents, forced some senators to abandon fortify for the bill hunting for a third term for Mr Obasanjo.
He mentioned forces within the government tried to prevent the televised proceedings to prevent Nigerians from following the device.
“We made up our minds to televise the proceedings. Publicising the proceedings change into once no longer supported by folks who desired to smuggle into the Structure the extension of tenure thru undefined and darkened direction of,” the ragged senate president, who’s for the time being a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), mentioned.
“They knew that if we had sidelined Nigerians from the proceedings, and therefore diminished public tension on the legislature, it’d be that potentialities are you’ll maybe perchance also notify to ram thru, however I stood sturdy.
“We overcame intense tension even from the easiest level of govt. We endured to broadcast the proceedings. The of the publicity and openness change into once that we secured our democracy.
“The stage of public passion the controversy generated owed largely to the resolution to televise our proceedings. This change into once the origin of the now institutionalised frail tv to publicise proceedings of the National Assembly.
“The publicising of the proceedings made lawmakers to seat up and prefer the act of regulation-making, on account of no one wishes to be caught on digicam, both drowsing.”
The reviewer of the book, Adebayo Williams, a professor, mentioned Mr Obasanjo saw himself as “God particularly anointed with a divine mandate to treat the territory handed over to him as he deems match.”
He mentioned that mindset explains why the ragged president may maybe no longer tolerate any opposition from the legislature or the judiciary.
“In an interactive session with President Obasanjo, the retired fundamental, a master within the act of psych up, infamous that Nnamani’s winning alternate may maybe perchance support him, he added a rider that it is going to also furthermore hurt him. Obasanjo deliberately left it striking,” Mr Williams mentioned.
In his remarks, a ragged Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who change into once the chairman of the occasion, mentioned the book wishes to be a textbook for all Nigerian students and aspiring future politicians.
“We enact no longer price our history, this is why the distortions that hit the headlines continue to exist,” Mr Danjuma, who change into once chief of army personnel throughout the protection power regime of Mr Obasanjo, mentioned
In a goodwill message, one other ragged senate president, Adolphus Wabara, requested Mr Nnamani to carry out particular Nigeria remained democratic.
“It be a must to ensure the nation stays democratic and we must thank Buhari for no longer nursing ambition for a third term. I doff my hat for him.
“If he wanted an modification of the structure to elongate his tenure, I’m particular this original National Assembly will grant it. Favor standing sturdy,” Mr Wabara, a member of the PDP, mentioned.
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, and the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, had been just a few of the dignitaries at the match.
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