November 27, 2016

I Blocked Atiku From Becoming President — Tony Anenih

A former Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, said he blocked ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from succeeding ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Anenih stated this in his book, titled ‘My Life and Nigerian Politics,’ which was presented in Abuja on Saturday.

Anenih, who served as Minister of Works and Housing between 1999 and 2002, said Atiku became too ambitious during the build-up to the 2003 presidential election in which Obasanjo was seeking a second term.

“As a result of my preparations for Chief Obasanjo’s second tenure, I stepped on the toes of many of those who did not want him to seek a second term. These are the people I can now refer to as members of the ‘G3’:
"These were General Ibrahim Babangida, (ex-)Vice- President Atiku Abubakar and the (ex-)National Security Adviser, General Aliu Gwarzo.

“There was no other way I could have offended the vice-president other than that I prevented him from being PDP’s presidential candidate in the 2003 presidential election. He (Atiku) erroneously believed that he was the only politician at the Villa and that he was better qualified than the President. I was well ahead of him in all his plans to prevent Chief Obasanjo from running (for re-election).”

Anenih, however, noted that after blocking Abubakar, the former vice-president also ensured that he (Anenih) lost his position in Obasanjo’s cabinet.

Anenih also stated that he was the one who made Atiku second-in-command in 1999.

He said after the PDP presidential primary of 1998, the then Chairman of the party, Solomon Lar, recommended three northerners to be Obasanjo’s running mate.

The three nominees were Prof. Jerry Ghana, Abubakar Rimi and Adamu Ciroma.

Lar allegedly told Obasanjo that Rimi was his preferred candidate but Obasanjo wasn’t convinced.

Anenih, according to the book, advised Obasanjo to pick Atiku, who had just won the governorship election in Adamawa State and was waiting to be sworn in.

He added, “I asked Obasanjo whether he would want a vice-president that would give him absolute confidence and allow him to sleep with his two eyes closed or whether he would want a vice-president he did not trust.

“He answered that he would like to sleep with his two eyes closed. It was at this point that I asked him: ‘What about Atiku?’ Chief Obasanjo’s answer was that Atiku had just won his governorship election and the law might not allow him to come on board as his running mate.

“We both decided to get a lawyer to advise us and Barrister Alimi Rasaq of Kwara State was sent for. He advised us that there was nothing in the constitution that prevented Atiku from being his running mate; especially as Atiku had not been sworn in.”

Speaking at the book presentation, which had in attendance several PDP leaders, Anenih announced that he had quit politics.

However, former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was a special guest of honour, rejected Anenih’s retirement, urging him not to abandon the PDP.

13 comments:

Iliyasu sulaiman sani said...

everyone has his own side of story

Jekwu said...

Olu,are you there?
Why this noise now? Do me I do you God no go vex.

Jekwu said...

Olu,are you there?
Why this noise now? Do me I do you God no go vex.

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Ok

Giragi said...

Allow the old man to have a rest he is old

Chioma Ujo said...

Nigerian/African politics still have a long way to go.

Anslem Caesar said...

Hmmmmmm! Atiku wouldn't have been a good president then. He was really over ambitious.

Ay360 said...

Who is he dat says a thing nd it comes 2 pass when d Lord commanded it not? So I'm nt sure its u

Mohammed Abdullahi Koto said...

We can see how sinister, pretentious,mischievous, and inconsistent Obasanjo is. Having claimed that he publically tore his PDP voters card why advise Anenih to stay on? I'm tired of him.

Hassan Aderemi said...

That's politics, no permanent friends or enemies but permanent interest.

ope alliu said...

This people are all the same bunch of looters

Saleh Yahaya said...

Mohammed is Good luck Jonathan not Obasanjo who advise Anenih not to quit advise politics. Gradualy Nigerian wil change to network there life of masses.

ESTEE THE GREAT said...

Allow the old man to go home & rest. We need more young blood in Nigerian politics for vibrant politicking.