Former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has revealed that he labored towards the third time period bid of a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to Mbeki, he labored with a former de issue President of Nigeria, Abdulsalami Abubakar, to scuttle Obasanjo’s push for an unconstitutional third time period agenda in workplace.
The structure solely permits the President to spend a most of two phrases in workplace, which was why some lawmakers have been reportedly pushing to change the structure to permit Obasanjo spend yet another time period on the time.
The marketing campaign was to maintain Obasanjo in workplace past 2007.
However, the transfer finally fell via because the Nigerian Senate threw out the Constitutional Amendments Bill.
Though Obasanjo has denied he was concerned within the invoice proposed to the National Assembly, accounts from some folks concerned in it have mentioned in any other case.
But throughout Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar Festschrift Conference held just about on Thursday, Mbeki mentioned, “As a privilege to reiterate the dedication of General Abubakar to democracy in Nigeria in 2006, greater than 5 years after he had handed over powers to Olusegun Obasanjo, the structure on whose foundation president Obasanjo was elected described a two-term restrict for the top of state, and since he (Obasanjo) had been elected for the second time, this meant that he would finish his time period in 2007.
“But a while earlier than, in 2005, a marketing campaign started in Nigeria to amend the structure to permit for 3 presidential phrases. This developed to some extent that the draft of the proposed modification had been introduced to the Nigerian parliament as papers.
“When I heard about this improvement, I engaged Obasanjo to speak my unease on the proposal. In the top, I mentioned it with basic Abubakar, and we agreed that the proposed modification was undesirable. We shared the view that the modification should be averted in any respect prices. We have been of 1 thoughts that it spells dangerous each for Nigeria and the remainder of the continent, tampering with and compromising our democratic system, which is just some years outdated.
“We agreed so as to add our voices to these kicking towards the modification. We agreed that Abdulsalami would observe the scenario in Nigeria carefully and point out to me once we ought to intervene towards the constitutional modification. I used to be more than happy when he known as that the Nigerian senate has voted towards the modification.”