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How Senators’ re-election was blocked for opposing Obasanjo’s third term bid – Ken Nnamani




Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has revealed how sure Senators had been stopped from returning to the Nationwide Meeting in 2007 for thwarting the try to increase former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure.

On Could 16, 2006, the higher chamber of the federal legislature shot down the transfer by pro-Obasanjo lawmakers for an alteration of the structure to permit three phrases for Nigeria’s presidents.

Nnamani acknowledged that the army might need dethroned the Federal Authorities if such an modification was made.

Since leaving energy, Obasanjo has strongly denied that he desired to exceed the extant two phrases restrict.

In an interview with journalists in Lagos, Nnamani expressed unhappiness that patriotic Nigerians had been ostensibly punished for insisting on the precise factor.

The Enugu-born All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart stated what occurred to his former colleagues nonetheless hurts him.

“Some individuals say I’ve regrets. No, I don’t have private regrets. I’d name it a common remorse as a result of my management of the Senate was not private.

“Remorse what? I used to be the quantity three citizen of Nigeria. To me, being principled was greater than going again to the Senate,” he stated.

Nnamani described the fifth Senate as among the finest in Nigeria, revealing that greater than half of members had doctorate levels.

“We had 57 PhD holders, I do know as a result of I’ve a listing of their credentials. Engineers, Medical doctors, Professors, former Vice Chancellors and so forth.

“However they might not return to the Senate as a result of their insistence on democratic tenets. They (highly effective forces) labored in opposition to them.

“The Senators had been weeded away for opposing the third time period agenda. No private regrets; the overall remorse was seeing them blocked from returning.

“My colleagues cared for me. At any time when a senior safety officer got here to my workplace, they might later come or name me.

“They requested: What’s occurring? Hope all is nicely? Did they arrive to arrest you? I’m completely satisfied they supported me, their backing gave me braveness.

“We averted ‘banana peels’. No secrecy, spendings had been clear. So, I don’t remorse doing the precise factor, I’ll do it once more if the chance arises.

“Throughout our time, there was no battle between the legislature and the chief. Obasanjo was and isn’t my enemy”, Nnamani confused.

Requested to evaluate the ninth Senate underneath the management of Yobe Senator, Ahmed Lawan, he defined that occasions and occasions are now not the identical.

“There’ll at all times be management fashion, individuals are not the identical. You even have to grasp that circumstances and occasions have modified.

“If they offer approvals it have to be that majority of Senators are in assist. You possibly can’t impose in your colleagues, you’re solely the chief.”

In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari administration appointed Nnamani as Chairman of the Constitutional and Electoral Reforms Committee.

The politician will clock 73 on November 2. His e-book which chronicled the tenure extension plot, ‘Standing Robust: Legislative Reforms, Third Time period and Different Problems with the fifth Senate’, is ready for launch subsequent week.

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