Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has revealed how former President Olusegun Obasanjo tried to become a life President and not 3rd term.
Speaking with zero tolerance, a magazine published by the Economic and financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the former vice president alleged that Obasanjo tried to amend the constitution to create way for his agenda.
Abubakar insisted that his former principal under the pretense of trying to amend the constitution carefully removed the side of tenure limitation but he kicked against it.
He said, “My offense was that I disagreed with him on the amendment of the constitution to get rid of tenure limits or what was popularly known as the ‘3rd term agenda’.
“In fact, he sent the then Attorney-General and professor Jerry Gana to my office to bring the draft amendments to the constitution. After going through (them), I noticed that tenure limits had been removed. In other words, he could be President for all times.
“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 because of his disagreement with Obasanjo, the ex-president decided to tag him as a corrupt person.
The former vice-president said Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the then former Chairman of the EFCC had accused him of corruption but later came to him to apologize.
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) realized that i am not corrupt.
“Then he said ‘sir, you have forgiven so many people who have offended you publicly without them going to Television 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 U.S Senate report accused him of laundering $40m in the United States between 2000 and 2008.
The former vice-president confirmed that he did transfer money to the United States but it was not illegal.
He added, “It was an allegation which was not proved. it was my legitimate money that 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 United States lawmaker collected $100,000 from a woman under the pretext of using it to bribe him.
The ex-vice-president said he, however, rejected the money which he described as too little for a man of his repute.
He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation subsequently searched his wife’s United States home but nothing incriminating was found.
Culled from: Dailypost