How Ex-Head Of State, Abdulsalami And I Worked Against Obasanjo’s Third Term Agenda —Thabo Mbeki

Former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has revealed that he worked against the third term bid of a former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to Mbeki, he worked with a former de factor President of Nigeria, Abdulsalami Abubakar, to scuttle Obasanjo's push for an unconstitutional third term agenda in office.

Thabo Mbeki

The constitution only allows the President to spend a maximum of two terms in office, which was why some lawmakers were reportedly pushing to alter the constitution to allow Obasanjo spend one more term at the time. 

The campaign was to keep Obasanjo in office beyond 2007.
However, the move eventually fell through as the Nigerian Senate threw out the Constitutional Amendments Bill.

Though Obasanjo has denied he was involved in the bill proposed to the National Assembly, accounts from some people involved in it have said otherwise. 

But during Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar Festschrift Conference held virtually on Thursday, Mbeki said, “As a privilege to reiterate the commitment of General Abubakar to democracy in Nigeria in 2006, more than five years after he had handed over powers to Olusegun Obasanjo, the constitution on whose basis president Obasanjo was elected described a two-term limit for the head of state, and since he (Obasanjo) had been elected for the second time, this meant that he would end his term in 2007.

“But some time before, in 2005, a campaign began in Nigeria to amend the constitution to allow for three presidential terms. This developed to a point that the draft of the proposed amendment had been presented to the Nigerian parliament as papers.

“When I heard about this development, I engaged Obasanjo to communicate my unease at the proposal. In the end, I discussed it with general Abubakar, and we agreed that the proposed amendment was undesirable. We shared the view that the amendment must be avoided at all costs. We were of one mind that it spells bad both for Nigeria and the rest of the continent, tampering with and compromising our democratic system, which is just a few years old.

“We agreed to add our voices to those kicking against the amendment. We agreed that Abdulsalami would follow the situation in Nigeria closely and indicate to me when we should intervene against the constitutional amendment. I was very pleased when he called that the Nigerian senate has voted against the amendment."

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