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Obasanjo: ‘I would have gotten a third term if I had wanted one’

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Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday for the umpteenth time debunked the widely heard view that he had worked to extend his tenure in office towards the expiry of his stay in 2007, saying he is “audacious enough” to seek a third term in office if he so desires.

Obasanjo stated that if he had desired it, he could have had it.

According to Obasanjo, “I never requested a third term. I would have gotten a third term if I had wanted one. I’m bold enough to know how to get it.”

The former president, who made the remarks during a virtual engagement hosted by the Africa Leadership Group, also said that he will not join the campaign train of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, despite his endorsement recently via a new year letter to Nigerians.

Obasanjo, in his New Year’s message to Nigerians titled “My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians,” endorsed Obi as his preferred candidate for next month’s election and urged young Nigerians to queue behind him.

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Obasanjo said, “I am not in campaign train. I’ve used benefit of my experience and I’ve put plainly.

“I do not belong to any political party. I will not join any campaign train. I’ve said what is best for the country.”

Speaking on what to look out for in the next president, Obasanjo said, “Nigeria is where we are because of leadership.

“We must decisively look for men and women who have the character, attributes, skill, and attitude that we need for leadership, that will deliver in this country.”

Obasanjo called for an amendment to the Nigerian constitution, noting that no constitution is perfect.

He said, “Some people blame the constitution for everything in Nigeria. Of course, our constitution is not perfect, and there is no constitution that is sacrosanct and it can be amended.”

He stated that power devolution should be included in the amended constitution.

Many Nigerians believed that this is because devolution of power to the different states and regions of the country would allow for better representation, leading to more equitable decision-making

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