14 November 2005

Nigeria: 3rd Term: 'Obasanjo, Shun Sycophants'

Ibadan — The New Partnership for Atiku , a political group loyal to Vice President Atiku Abubakar has appealed to President Olusegun Obasanjo not to fall into the booby-traps set for him by some syncophants in the corridor of power and in the leadership of the PDP to attempt to stay put even after the expiration of his tenure in 2007

The group also drew the attention of the president to the allegation of N70 million bribe being dangled before members of the National Assembly to secure third term for him and urged Obasanjo to come out to publicly denounce the campaigners.

The group leader in the south west' Prince Adebisi Gbadegesin, said Obasanjo is "a highly- respected person with native intelligence we urged him to be wary of the antics of sycophants who are daily seeking ways of getting relevant in the political arena".

It would be recalled that the Presidency represented by Chief Femi Fani- Kayode, the Presidential Adviser on Public Affairs has severally denied the allegation made by Professor Olusola Adeyeye, asking where the government would have such huge amount of money from. According to him, nobody from the Presidency offered any lawmaker any money to extend the tenure of President Obasanjo.

Citing the last week's shocking revelation by Professor Adeyeye - a member of the National House of Representatives- that members were approached by some agents of the Presidency to influence the President's third term ticket with the whooping N70 million each, the group which is advocating Presidency for Alhaji Abubakar Atiku in 2007, noted that if the respected Professor could reveal such a plot, "then where is anti-corruption crusade of President Olusegun Obasanjo if Mr President could feel comfortable to bribe with N70 million tax payers' money in order to secure third term bid?". Regarding the in-fighting and schemings in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Vice President Atiku's presidential ambition, the group berates the party head and the Presidency.

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