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Revealed: The Intrigues Behind Obasanjo’s Exit

05 Apr 2012

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo 

By  Chuks Okocha 

The emergence of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hastened the resignation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), THISDAY has learnt.

The old rivalry between Obasanjo and his erstwhile “Mr. Fix It”, Chief Tony Anenih, over the chairmanship of the BoT is at the centre of the latest intrigues, according to party sources.

Obasanjo displaced Anenih as the chairman of BoT in a “palace coup” in 2007 with the amendment of the party’s constitution which stipulated that only a former president elected on the platform of the PDP could occupy the position.

However, another amendment was effected in 2009 which threw the chairmanship open, thereby terminating Obasanjo’s monopoly.

According to party insiders, Obasanjo was interested in running for another term after the five-year tenure ends in July this year, but would now have to contend with other candidates.

Anenih, THISDAY learnt, is still interested in holding the position and was the main brain behind the emergence of Tukur as the new chairman of the party.

Obasanjo was said to have launched subtle moves to stall the election of Tukur, working closely with his ally, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, who mobilised the North-east delegates against Tukur.

Former acting national secretary of the PDP, Dr. Musa Babayo, was then propped up as the candidate of the zone for the national chairmanship and had actually defeated Tukur in the “consensus” congress held in Bauchi State ahead of March 24 convention in Abuja.

However, Anenih was said to have rallied round Tukur and forced other contestants, including Babayo, to withdraw for him.

Tukur was eventually made chairman, effectively ending Obasanjo’s proxy war to checkmate Anenih.

According to a source who spoke with THISDAY Wednesday, “Chief Anenih who was removed courtesy of the amended constitution is still interested in becoming the next chairman. He is seen as the political enemy of Obasanjo as far the former president continues to preside over the board.

“Anenih was one of those who nominated Tukur. Unfortunately, Tukur is seen as someone with a strong will. Obasanjo knows him very well. The likelihood of Obasanjo retaining the BoT position without rigour is very thin. Obasnajo chose the easy option of quitting to avoid embarrassment.”
Since Obasanjo controversially became chairman in 2007, he and Anenih had been avoiding each other, and had been barely on speaking terms.

According to the source, “Since Obasanjo became chairman of the BoT, both he and Anenih have not attended the same National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. It is either Anenih would be in attendance and Obasanjo would not be or the other way round.”

Apart from this, the source said that Obasanjo is aware that the office of the chairman of the BoT could be zoned out of the South-west and there is no way that he would be sitting as a member of the BoT as a floor member, hence “his decision to resign is seen as a way to save himself from embarrassment and defeat”.

The source said: “Obasanjo is being economical with the truth when he says he wants to focus on international issues. This was a man who last week was playing a reconciliatory role to bring back the South-west PDP into the mainstream of national politics.

“At what stage did he come to observe that he wants to play the role of a statesman when he single handedly ensured that the candidate for the office of the National Working Committee (NWC) allotted to the South-west was picked by him?”

In his resignation letter, Obasanjo had said: “I have formally sent in my letter of resignation as the Chairman of BOT of PDP to the National Chairman of the party as prescribed in the party’s constitution.

“I have formally requested the President to allow my bowing out and to issue a short statement to that effect.

“By relieving myself of the responsibility for chairmanship of BOT of PDP, I will have a bit more time to devote to the international demand on me."

He said the step would give him time “to give some attention to mentoring across the board nationally and internationally in those areas that I have acquired some experience, expertise and in which I have something to share”.

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  • Pl;ease give the position back to the Uromi Chief or Alex Ekwueme. Either of them will be fine.

    From: ehiz

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Time will reveal the real reason(s) for his resignation-this is nigerian politics where friends betray one another & people are faithful not to ideas or principles,but to regions & personal interests. Obj has had ample opportunity to give what he has & like most before him,he gave nothing cos he has nothing.

    From: Asuku Benet

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Baba should go and rest. He has ruled this country for ages and give room to others.

    From: Henry Idise

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Baba well done you have done your best for nigeria and nigerians let the younger ones take over from you have stopped. Now is the time to be less partisan and play the role of a true stateman

    From: abdullahi danja

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The media and their endless theories! So which is the case, really? That the man resigned because the position would be open to competition or that it would be zoned out of the South West? Next, we would be reading that the PDP chairman is having problems with the president because Obasanjo is using Bamanga Tukur to to 'checkmate' the president.

    From: adoki

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  • [According to a source who spoke with THISDAY Wednesday, “Chief Anenih who was removed courtesy of the amended constitution is still interested in becoming the next chairman. He is seen as the political enemy of Obasanjo as far as the former president continues to preside over the board.

    “Anenih was one of those who nominated Tukur. Unfortunately, Tukur is seen as someone with a strong will. Obasanjo knows him very well. The likelihood of Obasanjo retaining the BoT position without rigour is very thin. Obasnajo chose the easy option of quitting to avoid embarrassment.”
    Since Obasanjo controversially became chairman in 2007, he and Anenih had been avoiding each other, and had been barely on speaking terms.

    According to the source, “Since Obasanjo became chairman of the BoT, both he and Anenih have not attended the same National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. It is either Anenih would be in attendance and Obasanjo would not be or the other way round.”

    Apart from this, the source said that Obasanjo is aware that the office of the chairman of the BoT could be zoned out of the South-west and there is no way that he would be sitting as a member of the BoT as a floor member, hence “his decision to resign is seen as a way to save himself from embarrassment and defeat”.]

    All that I regard as mumbo-jumbo - crying wolf where none exists! Were we not told that Anenih was Obasanjo’s best bosom man and he was picked to be his Minister for Works under whose charge the recurrent Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has complained affecting your Budgets every year! Chief Anenih had over 300Billion Naira to spend on our highways repairs - to nowhere seen up to date! Besides is see that the Chairmanship says; pre-qualification candidate must be past Head of State! You begin to see the canny machinations in Nigerian politics, I talked about! Past Head of State indeed unless as it is now reported, they have modified the terms, the proposal for a possible Chairman from South East is unlikely! My reason I keep saying that those in the South East never sit down to read what their party is doing until last minutes! They are talking about 2015 in the North and nobody amongst them is saying anything yet about that and I suspect they have put this as a clanger now to confuse the members the more! Chairman or no, bring up the Presidency issues for 2015 into the discourse and then see where you stand before it is late again!

    Dr. Jonathan proposed One-term of 7 years but, I say six year due to the dangers, otherwise we might well continue with 2-terms! That, I think will help you people more if you do understand what is wrong in Nigeria’s politicking and Constitution! Two terms affords the incumbent room to continue to not only malign/distort but muffle up all that his predecessor had achieved, going by previous experience in Nigeria, and you cannot do much because he has majority in the NSS, through that same canny arrangements in your Constitution, who will ensure he may not be impeached that easily during that tenure! But if you have One-term of six years with of course the scrap off of Sec. 308, kpata-kpata he will be in the office for that six years and no more! Another advantage you can think of if you can agree on the ‘One-term proposal’ is that it brings forward the rotation of the leadership for Nigeria! What you have now does not and will not help anybody in that country because, like I said it already, they are not revolutionary in character nor in outlook so it will be the same malpractice galore - the same carry-on saga for Nigeria! And if you cannot agree on One-Term, it follows then that Dr. Jonathan can go for a ‘Second term’ irrespective of whatever the so-call private agreement his party has with him - to be regarded in legal parlance as a promissory note! As far as legality is concerned and the Constitution has it - it is still Two-terms unless you amend it before that date! It may well be another impending crisis for Nigeria whoever is advising you people, folks!

    OBJ has had his fill as far as we know and so let him go and we see (pray to) what International assignments he would fit into, folks!

    From: Vincent London

    Posted: 2 years ago

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