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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Atiku Allegedly Insists That Obasanjo Wanted Life Presidency,Not Third Term

Former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar has insisted that ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to pave the way for a lifetime presidency and not just a third term in office. 



Atiku said this in an interview with a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Zero Tolerance.

The former vice-president said, initially, it was assumed that the plan was to modify the constitution so that Obasanjo could serve a third, four-year term as President.




He, however, said the aspect of tenure limitation was carefully removed so that Obasanjo could be President for life.

When asked why he and Obasanjo were at loggerheads towards the end of their tenure, he said, “My offence was that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the constitution to remove tenure/term limits or what was popularly called the ‘third term agenda’.

“In fact, he sent the then Attorney-General and Prof. Jerry Gana to my office to bring the draft amendments to the constitution. After going through (them), I found out that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be President for life.

“I then asked them that ‘if I send you to the President, can you deliver this message?’ They said yes. I said ‘go and tell him I will not support it and (I) will fight it’.”

Atiku said due to his disagreement with Obasanjo, the ex-president decided to tag him as a corrupt person.

The former vice-president said the then Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, accused him of corruption but later came to him to apologise.

He said, “When he came to ask me for forgiveness, I said if you want me to forgive you, Nuhu, go to the same television stations where you said I was corrupt and say you now (have) realised that I am not corrupt.

“Then he said ‘sir, you have forgiven so many people who have offended you publicly without them going to TV stations to apologise to you’ and I said, ‘your case is different because first of all, I helped to found the EFCC’.

“I was instrumental to your appointment, so, I believe I have contributed to your development and this is how you are paying me back. In any case, he kept on apologising and I said, ‘okay, no problem. That closed the chapter’.”

Atiku denied media reports that a United States Senate report accused him of laundering $40m in the US between 2000 and 2008.

The former vice-president confirmed that he did transfer money to the US but it was not illegal.

He added, “It was an allegation which was not proved. It was my legitimate money which I transferred to the US; there was nothing (wrong) about it. More so, I was not indicted in that report. They only said suspicious funds but I proved before the Senate committee that they were not suspicious.”

Atiku explained that the accusations emanated from his dealings with a Louisiana congressman, William Jefferson.

He explained that Jefferson had approached him for a communications project but he referred the American to the minister of communications.

Atiku said the US lawmaker collected $100,000 from a woman under the pretext of using it to bribe him (Atiku).

The ex-vice-president said he, however, rejected the money which he described as too little for a man of his status.

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation subsequently searched his wife’s US home but nothing incriminating was found.

Atiku said, “Apparently, I didn’t know he (Jefferson) had duped a lady and collected marked money from her in my name. Unknown to him, the FBI were on his trail. But, of course, there was no way he could give me money because what was $100,000 to me?

“Eventually, my wife’s residence was searched and nothing was found but when his residence was searched, of course, the money was found there and he was convicted. I was not even called as a witness.”
fromPunch




38 comments:

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    1. Hmmm.. we all know Atiku became VP as a compensation to some northerners that were loyal to OBJ.. and as such, this sort of rift was expected between the duo.

      Atiku and baba complimented each other anyway. But he told the truth about the 3rd term agenda, even though baba later denied it. Lol

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  2. We all knew what that ugly ape from Ota wanted, Atiku you are not any better.

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  3. This early morning cold is making my osho to be clapping, I need an osho scratcher

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    1. Good luck with that, I just finished scratching 4 times with my wife.

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    2. Good luck with that, I just finished scratching 4 times with my wife. Make nobody ask me why I come late to office today ooh!

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  4. Not surprising for an African leader. The quest for perpetual power. Probably looking at Mugabe with envy too. Lol. But Atiku, are your hands really really clean?

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  5. I don't know between OBJ and Buhari who is a more disgraceful leader. One is grossly incompetent while d other sleeps with his son's wife.

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  6. Waiting for part 2 on OBJ's respond to this.

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  7. Ok but where's my own share sir?


    ... Jesus is my worth!

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  8. Of cos,we knew,that was the main reason everyone fought against it. He wanted to become Nigeria's Mugabe. Thank God for God.

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  9. Can someone pls. tell this man to shut up! A retired customs officer? A multi billionaire? On the same kind of pay package I am presently collecting from the federal government? How did you become extremely wealthy? Puleeezzze.

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  10. you have started again mr. rebel.
    He is this is that yet you went and prostate for him in his Ota farm.
    why don't you come to term with the fact that you are politically dead?
    face your numerous biz okay?

    lesson: Never rebel your master.
    learn from jonathan, his loyalty towards Alams took him to d peak of his political career.
    nuff said.

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  11. Atiku is a liar he should stop preaching holier dan thou.

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  12. Hmmmm, waiting to read OBJ response.

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  13. Oga leave Baba alone and face your dead political carrier. One thing is sure,no matter what you write or say about him, you can't become president of this country. Never !

    You will always go to him with your cap in your hand.

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    1. U hear yasef?...pathetic generation

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    2. Y should he leave obj alone when u don't want to leave mama p alone

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  14. Even if that was his aim, it couldn't have been possible. Nature must take its cause.

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  15. Baba was power drunk na but the good thing was that he was sturbborn and wasnt weak so he handled the country well

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  16. and he didn't get, so no need to allege...

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  17. They should probe obj na am pretty sure they would recover lots and lots of stolen funds

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  18. Wow!
    Obasanjo, wanted life time presidency? He was sure reaching

    I always knew he was greedy,but not to that extent.

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  19. Atiku,many Nigerians know that you are corrupt but you are better than Saint Buhari. I learnt you are warming up for Presidency come 2019, I wish you the best.

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  20. Very very corrupt Atiku speaking. Atiku is fantastically corrupt.

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  21. Atiku ova buhari,anytime anyday.Nigerians sometimes u pple just allow hate be cloud ur sense of reasoning.Atiku a successful billionaire who ve built an empire will make a better president over buhari who could not even multiply his 150 cows over d yrs.a man who has failed 2 run his busines successfully,is d person u all chose 2 run d affairs of our nation,and u all still wonder y we are in recession..????

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    1. From frying pan to fire.
      No, we don't want.

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    2. Atiku is too ambitious, if he enters I think he would do worst than all of them

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    3. Atiku is too ambitious, if he enters I think he would do worst than all of them

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    4. Successful billionaire from looting? Pls.go & sit down in his house & leave us alone.

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  22. All Atiku is gunning for is Aso Rock can somebody tell him to dream on.it is not happening

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