Obasanjo Wanted Life President, Not Third Term, Says Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar may have decided to finally go for broke with his former boss, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo as he alleged that the former president actually wanted life presidency, not Third term.

But he said he opposed him and stopped him in his tracks.

Similarly, Atiku has opened up on the seeming lingering quarrel with current Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i and the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, whom he claimed to have brought into the government of President Obasanjo.

Atiku claimed that the two men, who allegedly connived to work against him, had refused to show any form of appreciation to him, despite his disposition to them.

He also gave reasons Ribadu must go on public television station to avow that he was not a corrupt person in order to earn his forgiveness.


Atiku’s claims are contained in the current edition of the EFCC Magazine, Zero Tolerance released in Abuja on Monday.

The former Vice President denied allegation that he was corrupt, claiming that if he was, he would have been convicted before now.

He also said he had become popular among Nigerians, having held sway in politics for over 25 years.

He said: “My offence was simply that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the Constitution to remove tenure or term limits or what was popularly called third term agenda. In fact, Obasanjo sent the then Attorney General of the Federation, and Jerry Gana to my office to bring me the draft of the amendments to the constitution.

“After going through, I found out that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be president for life. I now asked them, ‘if I send you to the President can you deliver this message’? And they said ‘yes’. I said ‘go and tell him I will not support it and I will fight it.”



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