Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has revealed what he lost in ensuring Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term bid was not realised.
In a new book set to be launched on Thursday titled ‘Standing Strong: Legislative Reforms, Third Term and Other Issues of the 5th Senate,’ Mr. Nnamani detailed how him and those under the aegis of the PDP were promised automatic reelection in 2007 if they supported the bid.
He noted how money was shared to them to get them to support the agenda, but ultimately they dropped the proposed ammendment on May 16th, 2006.
“In my own case, my reelection to the senate was foreclosed because I was marked out as the principal figure among those that ended the infamous project,” Nnamani said.
He said he knew he would not be given a level-playing field in the party primary so “I opted to take the High Road and stay out of the contest.”
“We lost the opportunity of continuing with a crop of lawmakers who had gained experience in the culture of legislation but who were brazenly denied their party’s ticket because they stood against autocracy. The political party system as nurtured by Obasanjo was one where the party and the governors were in the pouch of the president and from the comfort of his bedroom he decided who went where,” he wrote.