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Inside Na’allah’s N50 million third term bribe rejection tale


Senate Deputy Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (All Progressives Congress, Kebbi South), on Tuesday, July 26, 2016), took a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo for saying “rogues, armed robbers are in the state Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly .”

Senator Na’Allah accused the former president of attempting to bribe his way into securing a third term ambition.

Recall that Obasanjo had on Monday, July 25 paid a visit to President Buhari where he said at the media briefing after the visit that the current crisis facing the National Assembly is as a result of the fact that the members lack integrity.

Reacting to the statement Senator Na’Allah dared Obasanjo to come out with prove that he is corrupt, he said is ready to quit if he is proven to be corrupt.

He said : “I am respectfully taking exception to the statement, which I express the hope that it is not true. To start with, it is not in my character to take issues with elder statesmen, who have had the privilege of superintending the affairs of our great country, Nigeria.

“If former President Obasanjo can come out with one proven record of corruption against me as a person, I promise to vacate my seat as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  For the records, I was the only member from Kebbi State, who did not find it worthy at that time to collect the sum of N50 m as an inducement to subvert the constitution and provide a constitutional framework for the third term ambition of (then) President Obasanjo.

“I find this statement, if it is true, to be reckless and terrifying. The implication of the statement is to say that the entire over 170 million Nigerians have not elected a single person with integrity among the 469 members of the National Assembly. This is definitely rhapsodic and does not conform to common sense and reason.”
Recall that prior to the 2007 general elections there wide spread rumour that the then President Olusegun Obasanjo had proposed a third term bill to the National assembly as part of the constitution amendment. The bill received a nationwide condemnation and was thrown away. Obasanjo, however, denied ever being part of the “third term agenda” as it was fondly called, he said it was an exclusively National Assembly affair. Obasanjo eventually steeped down in 2007 after the general elections.
– Olalekan Olonilua for

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