Atiku Abubakar, former Nigerian Vice President (29 May 1999 – 29 May 2007) has accused Olusegun Obasanjo of wanting a life presidency with the guise of serving a 3rd term during his regime.
According to the 11th Nigerian VP in history, Obasanjo’s move during his administration to amend the constitution to accommodate a 3rd term was a camouflage to become the life-long president of the West African country.
69-year Atiku Abubakar from Adamawa State, stated the above during his interview with Zero Tolerance, a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Atiku revealed that his rejection of the plot to deceive the entire nation was the real reason why both of them became estranged towards the end of their tenure.
“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 accused Obasanjo of smartly leaving off tenure limitations in the draft for constitution amendment. And for rejecting his schemes, the VP says that he was victimized with the EFCC as Obasanjo tagged him a corrupt person all of a sudden.
In the interview Atiku Abubakar narrated how the former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu, had returned to apologize.
When questioned on the accusation of US Senate for laundering $40 million, Atiku denied being guilty of the allegation.
“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.”
Atiku said he was cleared of the allegation. He had only been caught up in the middle of the Louisiana congressman, William Jefferson’s mischief.