Ken Nnamani, President of the Nigerian Senate from April 2005 to May 2007, says he sacrificed his Senate profession after seeing to the truncation of the bid to present a 3rd time period to President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006.
Although Obasanjo has repeatedly denied he was concerned within the plan to amend the structure and grant him an additional time period, Nnamami stated senators elected on the platform of then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been promised computerized tickets within the 2007 elections in the event that they voted in favour of the bid, The Cable reviews.
In his newly launched e-book, ‘Standing Strong: Legislative Reforms, Third Term and Other Issues of the 5th Senate’, Nnamani wrote on the clandestine conferences that have been held to push the third time period agenda.
The Senate dropped the proposed modification on May 16, 2006, after a voice vote.
“In my own case, my reelection to the Senate was foreclosed because I was marked out as the principal figure among those that ended the infamous project,” Nnamani stated.
He stated he knew he wouldn’t be given a level-playing discipline within the celebration main so “I opted to take the High Road and stay out of the contest”.
Promises have been made earlier than the Senate vote assuring most of the supporters of a straight ticket again to the National Assembly.
Huge sums of cash have been additionally stated to have been provided to the lawmakers to help the third time period agenda.
Nnamani stated he rejected all affords, like many others, including that “it was the least sacrifice” he may make to make sure that the structure modification course of “was not abused”.
“We lost the opportunity of continuing with a crop of lawmakers who had gained experience in the culture of legislation but who were brazenly denied their party’s ticket because they stood against autocracy. The political party system as nurtured by Obasanjo was one where the party and the governors were in the pouch of the President and from the comfort of his bedroom he decided who went where,” he wrote.
President Muhammadu Buhari would be the particular visitor of honour on the public presentation of the e-book on Thursday in Abuja.
Theophilus Danjuma, a retired basic and former military chief would be the chairman.