Atiku Calls for Obasanjo's Resignation

Nigeria VP says Obasanjo should resign over 3rd term
06 Apr 2006 20:15:37 GMT
Source: Reuters


By Estelle Shirbon

Nigerian Vice-President Atiku AbubakarABUJA, April 6 (Reuters) - Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar said on Thursday President Olusegun Obasanjo should resign for seeking a third term in office as the men's rivalry ahead of elections next year erupted into the open.

Abubakar has been Obasanjo's deputy at the helm of Africa's most populous nation since 1999 and wants to succeed his boss in 2007, setting him on a collision course with powerful Obasanjo allies who are campaigning for the president to stay on.

The statement from Abubakar's office followed an earlier call by an Obasanjo spokesman for the vice president to resign after he gave a speech against the idea of a third term to a meeting of opposition leaders.

"The call for resignation should be directed at the president ... for pursuing an agenda that is subversive of the constitution, and the will of the majority of Nigerians," said the statement signed by Abubakar's spokesman.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the vice president believes tenure elongation is morally wrong and a breach of the constitution, which he took the oath to defend," it said.

Abubakar gave his speech to five state governors, more than 100 lawmakers and several opposition leaders at an overnight meeting at the house of one of the governors after police stopped the group gathering at a hotel.

"It is bad enough that the meeting yesterday was violently disrupted by security agents which, again, is against the tenets of democracy as they are known the world over," said the statement.

RISING TENSIONS

Obasanjo is nearing the end of his second term and the constitution prevents him from seeking a third. But a campaign is underway to amend the charter to make a third term possible.

Obasanjo has not said publicly whether he wants to stand again but he has done nothing to stop efforts to amend the constitution.

The third term idea infuriates many who back their own candidates for the presidency in 2007.

In particular, many in the Muslim-dominated north feel the top job should go to one of them after eight years of Obasanjo, a Christian from the southwest. The vice president is one of several prominent would-be candidates from the north.

Tensions over the issue were one of the drivers of a spate of religious and ethnic violence that killed at least 150 people in February, and of a series of attacks against the oil industry that have cut output by a quarter.

Opposition politicians have been teargassed, labelled a threat to national security, investigated for corruption and charged with belonging to an unlawful society.

Abubakar told participants at the meeting they could stop the third term plan from coming to a vote in parliament because the Obasanjo camp would not risk a humiliating defeat.

Participants included prominent figures from both the ruling and opposition parties, signalling that the third term issue was uniting many of Nigeria's usually fractious discontents. (Additional reporting by Felix Onuah)



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Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Picasso posted on 04-06-2006, 16:34:26 PM
Atiku calling for Obasanjo's resignation can be likened to the kettle calling for the pot to be thrown out. Yes, Obasanjo should leave Aso Rock come 2007 and so should Atiku too. Here is a man who is yet to explain to Nigerians about where his 4th wife, Jennifer, got the money she is splashing around in Potomac. In a developed society, such a dishonest man would either be languishing in jail or would have resigned from office in ignominy. But in Nigeria? Noooo... instead they keep hauling their heavy stomachs and brainless skulls around - parading themselves as leaders.
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Rodman posted on 04-06-2006, 16:35:54 PM
An open letter to President Olusegun Obasanjo--I am committed to pulling you and your government down


I remember reading about you, on the eve of your first presidency. You were movingly described as one that had something to contribute, a breath of fresh air. They spoke about how you had laid a good precedent, by handing over power at the end of your tenure, the last time you came; they spoke about how you had found God in an event so needless, yet rewarding, caused by your detention by the maximum ruler you succeeded under a false charge.


I remember the euphonious melodies made by people when Abacha died. I saw people united in joy ,their ecstasies were touchable.I heard stories of people, plunged into a whirlpool of endless celebration. People's body languages declared a new beginning had come. Not long after you came to power , I saw people shouting down at Nzeribe for moving a motion to impeach you.I commiserated with their pleas, being mindful of the fact that, Nigeria is a difficult country to rule and couldn't be entangled in a day.I was indignant at Nzeribe, who I had come to see as a fringe politician. I plunged myself into grand expectations, despite the despondent cries of "cynics", who warned me, nothing would come out of your government. I dragged on, on this lonely road, hoping you truly had the people you were governing at heart. They would tell me ,expect nothing, but I chose to believe what I read about you .I chose to believe you were a light at the end of the tunnel ,I chose to believe that a new page had been openned in our history, I chose to believe we were entering a new dawn. Gradually but surely I was dislodged from my suspense animation, I was confronted slap-bang with a gruesome and mean reality. You disappeared and out came a forty-headed,knife-weilding,fire-spitting monster. I had plunged my head into a cloud like a headless chicken. I had wandered naively in cloud-cukoo-land .I stood and watched helplessly with my mouth openned as your messiac garb dissolved into a bloodsucking vampire.


The painful reality has been a bitter pill of 6 years or more of gross mismanagement.I recall with fond memories a Zimbabwean newspaper that was shut down by Mugabe's government, but reopened on the internet.It may be that you have drank so much sycophantic tripe about your mythical reforms--going by the amount of compulsive sycophants here on the Nigerian village square ,who helplessly strain towards window dressings,when a blind man could see the fatalities of a failed government-- but I tell you, your government scores below zero. There is no sector I can turn to and give this government thumbs up. The only sector that comes close to it is the communication sector---I go through the depleting experience talking to people I left years ago----and it is filled inefficiencies. Your government has been characterised by a catalogue of failures: Abuja stadium ,Id card,electoral,census,Charles Taylor,Niger Delta et al controversies. Failures have followed you fanatically on your bum like flies to pooh.Anywhere you turn your attention, there is this preternatural pull and acidic eruption of failures of governance . I would not go into great details of the many failures of this government ,lest I open old sores of gorged victims, but I would point a few.


An immediate failure, is the recent census count, which was marred by chronic irregularities. Your conspitorial and hypocritical leadership would not be forgotten in a hurry,infact in the due course of time, you might face a history tribunal of the same magnitude as Charles Taylor's, for your treacherous role in a census that carried a strong weight of importance and your historical affiliation to maintaining the fictional numerical might of the Hausa-Fulani and Yoruba, with the obvious pillage of Niger delta oil--state creation,federal character et al. In the heat of the many obstacles, including the rampage of MASSOB &MEND in the South-east and South-South respectively, the confusion, poor training nationwide, the NPC leader Makama, declared that 95%of the populace had been counted.I am not interested in the sarcastic content of this statement, but the brazen failure and neglect you approached something of this magnitude with. When you do "announce" the results, it would be greeted with the same response it received in 1953 till date.


Speaking after the "debt cancellation", the finance minister said, "The money saved, would help the country build infrastructure to help it diversify its economy" It has been almost seven years since you presided over the affairs of our country and there is little or no proof of diversfication.You have shunned local ingenuity. You get all worked out when you hear about the activities of MEND because you know that is almost all you have--the last time I checked supplies were cut by 20%-- yet you do almost nothing to stop the oil companies spilling blood--pollution-- on their soil or a just deal for them. You have failed to come out with a blueprint for economic rejuvenation ,without a sting of external subservience--"economic police force ".You go on a peripatetic ride to oblivion under the illusion of purposeful global touring. The thought of you staying one more second should never arise under normal circumstances.


In the place of working for the betterment of the nation your foot soldiers in the name of legislators and thieving governors have embarked on an incessant journey of toiling with our constitution, in order to perpetuate you under the guise of your "leadership immortality". I put it to you that your silence is calculated.Daily we are inundated with the nauseating clangour of a man we cannot do without,daily we are briefed by spin-doctors about the necessity of you staying for a third term,we are told, you have to stay to prevent the North from coming and the need of carrying on your "reforms". The irritating clank of this pathology has served as a red herring to cover the numerous failings, the government incurs every minute it breaths. You failed to rule out categorically, that you are not going to contest for election in your recent interview in America, against the back drop of your previous assertions that you were not going to contest. Your cheek by jowl relationship with Chris Uba crowned by an oil block says a lot about you. I have just read fresh reports by Omoyele Sowore that state security agents threatenned to shoot members of the lower house legislative chamber who gathered to scuttle the third term insanity. Under your tenure we almost relived, to the full, the genocides against Southerners in the '60s.Thousands of Southerners lost their lives in an incessant bout of bloodletting festivals, all in a bid to snuff out infidels by jihadists.The perpetrators disappear into normal life afterwards .By your actions, it appeared you didn't have a care in the world if they all went down. There have been reports of security agents being in cahoots with these racists; they provided and still provide the security lapse needed for the large body harvest. There are also reports, that Southern lives are snuffed at will, daily, but go unreported by the popular media.

I watched with disgust as members of your government celebrated the "debt relief". I endured the shame of your merry go rounds in your bid to get "debt relief" and foreign investments. I watched as your government begged like babies to get debt relief.You made a statement sometime ago that as long as Nigeria functions, there would always be a necessity of loan -taking, hence your loan-taking binge. You have sold us to that racist ,tear-down IMF and whatever organisation that do not have our apeal in their sight.Your actions have brought shame to our Nation.Yes,you got the debt relief, but not without the shame,racism,ridicule et al.Left to you nothing would happen in Nigeria. We would sling out in mud houses.It would be the same old damn story.We approach our fifth decade and we do not make aeroplanes,cars et al.Rulers like you, do not believe your fellow africans can make them .So in your uncle tomism pathology, you import the whole world into Nigeria,from jets,cars you name it, and you try to destroy Africans who believe they have the ability to produce and do produce them.


I say, it is time we had a leadership that comes up with policies that encourage the development and impartation of skills if necessary to indigenes, a government that takes up the economic cudgel assertively, not a bunch of failed technocrats in the mould of presidents, finance ministers,CBN directors et al, that would continue to live in subservience and attract the scorn,laughter,sarcasim,racism et al of the outside world. A people labouring under a false sense of messiachood, who intracticably drain, virtually, the only resourse we depend on: oil and cry and run to the outside world with the irritating cries of bone- protuding,skeleton-showing,never-eaten folks.

I have lost the slightest sympathy for your government. What we see in the place of proposals are pyramids of piffles.I would like to see every member of this oppressive government ejected forcefully, if we are to move forward as a nation.

I say, it is time you and your crew vanished from our sight, you all have failed, you do not deserve a second more, to plunge your heads and hands into our treasury.

Maazi Rodman
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Emj posted on 04-06-2006, 16:40:30 PM
Is this a belated April fool from reuter or what? Admin pls confirm that this story is authenthic
.Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Reuters posted on 04-06-2006, 17:01:04 PM

Nigeria VP says Obasanjo should resign over 3rd term
06 Apr 2006 20:15:37 GMT
Source: Reuters


By Estelle Shirbon

Nigerian Vice-President Atiku AbubakarABUJA, April 6 (Reuters) - Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar said on Thursday President Olusegun Obasanjo should resign for seeking a third term in office as the men's rivalry ahead of elections next year erupted into the open.

Abubakar has been Obasanjo's deputy at the helm of Africa's most populous nation since 1999 and wants to succeed his boss in 2007, setting him on a collision course with powerful Obasanjo allies who are campaigning for the president to stay on.

The statement from Abubakar's office followed an earlier call by an Obasanjo spokesman for the vice president to resign after he gave a speech against the idea of a third term to a meeting of opposition leaders.

"The call for resignation should be directed at the president ... for pursuing an agenda that is subversive of the constitution, and the will of the majority of Nigerians," said the statement signed by Abubakar's spokesman.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the vice president believes tenure elongation is morally wrong and a breach of the constitution, which he took the oath to defend," it said.

Abubakar gave his speech to five state governors, more than 100 lawmakers and several opposition leaders at an overnight meeting at the house of one of the governors after police stopped the group gathering at a hotel.

"It is bad enough that the meeting yesterday was violently disrupted by security agents which, again, is against the tenets of democracy as they are known the world over," said the statement.

RISING TENSIONS

Obasanjo is nearing the end of his second term and the constitution prevents him from seeking a third. But a campaign is underway to amend the charter to make a third term possible.

Obasanjo has not said publicly whether he wants to stand again but he has done nothing to stop efforts to amend the constitution.

The third term idea infuriates many who back their own candidates for the presidency in 2007.

In particular, many in the Muslim-dominated north feel the top job should go to one of them after eight years of Obasanjo, a Christian from the southwest. The vice president is one of several prominent would-be candidates from the north.

Tensions over the issue were one of the drivers of a spate of religious and ethnic violence that killed at least 150 people in February, and of a series of attacks against the oil industry that have cut output by a quarter.

Opposition politicians have been teargassed, labelled a threat to national security, investigated for corruption and charged with belonging to an unlawful society.

Abubakar told participants at the meeting they could stop the third term plan from coming to a vote in parliament because the Obasanjo camp would not risk a humiliating defeat.

Participants included prominent figures from both the ruling and opposition parties, signalling that the third term issue was uniting many of Nigeria's usually fractious discontents. (Additional reporting by Felix Onuah)


..Read the full article
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Gwobezentashi posted on 04-06-2006, 17:21:56 PM
QUOTE:
Is this a belated April fool from reuter or what? Admin pls confirm that this story is authenthic


Emj, it is real as far as Reuters is concerned. Here is an update:

QUOTE:
Nigeria VP says Obasanjo should resign over 3rd term
06 Apr 2006 21:14:27 GMT

Source: Reuters

(Adds reaction, details)

By Estelle Shirbon

ABUJA, April 6 (Reuters) - Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar said on Thursday President Olusegun Obasanjo should resign for seeking a third term in office as the men's rivalry ahead of elections next year degenerated into open hostility.

Abubakar has been Obasanjo's deputy at the helm of Africa's most populous nation since 1999 and wants to succeed his boss in 2007, making him one of the main obstacles to a powerful campaign for the president to stay on.

The constitution bars a third term but Obasanjo's allies are pushing for an amendment that would make it legal. Obasanjo has done nothing to stop them and he has repeatedly refused to give a clear answer on whether he intends to stay or go.

The statement from Abubakar's office followed an earlier call by an Obasanjo spokesman for the vice president to resign after he gave a speech against the idea of a third term to a meeting of opposition leaders.

\"The call for resignation should be directed at the president ... for pursuing an agenda that is subversive of the constitution, and the will of the majority of Nigerians,\" said the statement signed by Abubakar's spokesman.

\"For the avoidance of doubt, the vice president believes tenure elongation is morally wrong and a breach of the constitution, which he took the oath to defend,\" it said.

In response, the presidential spokesman who had earlier called for Abubakar's resignation said Obasanjo had not said he wanted a third term and therefore could not be accused of trying to subvert the constitution.

Authorities have become increasingly repressive towards opponents of the third term plan in recent weeks. Opposition politicians have been teargassed, labelled a threat to national security and investigated for corruption.

DISLOYALTY

Nigeria's unity is under constant strain from a complex set of religious, ethnic and regional rivalries, and the third term plan infuriates a wide variety of interest groups who want their own candidates to get the top job in 2007.

In the Muslim-dominated north, many feel the presidency should go to one of them after eight years of Obasanjo, a Christian from the southwest. The vice president is one of several prominent would-be candidates from the north.

On Tuesday, eight members of Turaki Vanguard, a group that campaigns for an Abubakar presidency, were charged with belonging to an unlawful society.

A long-running feud between Obasanjo and Abubakar, going back to power struggles during their first term, came out into the open last August when Obasanjo accused his deputy of disloyalty on live national television.

The attack came just after Abubakar said in a newspaper interview that Obasanjo had pledged to leave office in 2007.

The president has systematically purged Abubakar's loyalists from key positions in the ruling People's Democratic Party.

Obasanjo, a former army ruler who gained democratic credentials in 1979 when he handed over to a civilian government, returned to power as a civilian in 1999 elections that ended 15 continuous years of military dictatorship.

His supporters argue that a third term would enable the president to pursue his economic reforms. But civil society groups accuse him of pushing Nigeria back towards dictatorship.

Tensions over the third term issue were one of the drivers of a spate of religious and ethnic violence that killed at least 150 people in February, and of a series of attacks against the oil industry that have cut output by a quarter. (Additional reporting by Felix Onuah)

source: http://www.alertnet.org/printable.htm?URL=/thenews/newsdesk/L06184448.htm


Sounds like rumble in the jungle. Would it be the war of the dossiers or the war of the sucker punch? Look at what our democracy has become thanks to the President - A Bolekaja!! The worst advertisement for our country is now on display. Our presumed top 2 citizens who have barely been on speaking terms for over a year are now openly quarelling like two kids (with apologies to kids) all over a "borrowed" mandate. What is it with the PDP and the people's mandate that they need to fight over it? What a crying shame.
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Emj posted on 04-06-2006, 17:29:54 PM
Gwobezentashi na wah o---------more like the fight of the titans or dinosaurs>>>>>>>.... tani o laja----Who be di refree?

What a shame, this open confrontation shows that the end is near and now for PDP------people's demolition party or na people's demoralising party//////////////////
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Free Publius posted on 04-06-2006, 17:30:05 PM
Mr. Adujie,

When elephants battle, wimpish mice like yourself fishing for table crumbs tend to get stomped over. Get off this doomed bandwagon while you can. The tires are clearly coming off.

Maybe God will smile on our dear country and make these two traitors cancel each other out and be forever removed from our polity.

Free Publius
Obasanjo Calls Atiku`s for Resignation
I Love Nigeria posted on 04-06-2006, 17:44:28 PM
Onos and Free Bus,

Vice President Atiku Abubakar Must Explain!



Tuesday, 30 August 2005
Recent revelations suggest that Vice President Atiku Abubakar may have affronted these laws and rules. As a public official who is bound by


Vice President Atiku Abubakar Must Resign Now! By Paul T. Adujie | Published 09/13/2005


Paul Adujie's position on Mr. Atiku predate the Reuters reports!
Re: .Atiku Calls for Obasanjo`s Resignation
Ednut posted on 04-06-2006, 20:30:45 PM
None of these guys is good for Nigeria. They are so corrupt whichever way you look at it that they belong in the slammer. I just hope and pray that this will lead to actual conflict in that country for it is more than overdue. I understand that when this criminals start war, they will be the first to exile themselves to some foreign country where they have billions stashed but that will expose them to a Taylor treatment.
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