Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has described Atiku Abubakar, his erstwhile deputy, as a “shameless liar” who plotted against his infamous third term agenda.
According to Premium Times, he said this at a public presentation of the book ‘Olusegun Obasanjo: My Watch,’ in Lagos, Tuesday, Mr.Obasanjo accused Mr.Abubakar of aligning with his detractors to spin his courageous effort at constitutional reform into myopic claims of tenure elongation.
Messrs Obasanjo and Atiku were Nigeria’s President and Vice President respectively between 1999 and 2007.
Mr.Atiku is contesting for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2015 general election.
“Those who can be regarded as influential and who have publicly accused me of allegedly manipulating a third term were AtikuAbubakar, who is a blatant and shameless liar, who was behind the whole episode of turning wholesome constitutional amendment efforts of the National Assembly to a futile exercise and as a means of riding on its ashes to be Nigerian President,” Mr.Obasanjo said.
“Third term was not my agenda or intention although I would not say I didn’t know about it. I didn’t mastermind third term. Those who were telling me to go on were the governors that were going to benefit from it.
“If I did not want tenure elongation when I was military Head of State and had need to, I see no reason why I should be falsely accused of coup planning by Abacha and tenure elongation by Atiku.”
An Abuja High Court had granted an order restraining Mr.Obasanjo from going ahead with the book presentation.
The injunction was sought by Buruji Kashamu, a chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and close associate of President Goodluck Jonathan, who accused Mr.Obasanjo of libelous accusations in the
But the former president said that going ahead with the book presentation did not violate the court’s order since it had already been printed and published three months ago.
Obasanjohas been given 21 days by the court within which to explain why he should not be punished for flouting the court order.
He ordered that the enrolled orders of the court be served on all media houses in the country and be equally served on the defendant by publication in two national daily newspapers.
The court then adjourned January 13 for further proceedings.