Revealed: How Obasanjo Introduced Money Politics Into NASS
Indication emerged Thursday of how former President Olusegun Obasanjo introduced money politics popularly known as Ghana must go into National Assembly.
Obasanjo introduced money politics in order to curry the favour of Federal lawmakers.
Also, it was gathered that Obasanjo decided to work against emergence of Late Chuba Okadigbo because the former President belief that Okadigbo will be difficult to manipulate compare to Evan Enwerem.
This is contained in a book about to be lunched on
Fourth Republic National Assembly which traced the introduction of the use of money to curry the favour of the lawmakers in the federal parliament to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
According to the book slated for public presentation Monday at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, the first time money exchanged hands in the Fourth Republic National Assembly was at inception in 1999 when Obasanjo moved to stop the Senate Presidency bid of Senator Chuba Okadigbo who was adopted by the leadership of the ruling party at that time, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to emerge as the Senate President.
Obasanjo’s preference was Senator Evan Enwerem who decamped from All People’s Party (APP) to PDP after winning his election to represent Owerri Senatorial District of Imo state. Obasanjo’s penchant for him was on account of his belief that Enwerem would be much easier to control and rail-road than single-minded Okadigbo.
The book revealed that even before the inauguration of the Senate in June 3, 1999 large amount of money was moved in to rally Alliance for Democracy (AD), APP Senators and to divide PDP Senators towards actualizing Obasanjo’s inclination for Enwerem
The book which was written by Dr. Austin Ugawan concluded that it was at this point that the seed of mercantile politics was sown in the National Assembly.
The book drove its point home on page 99 thus: “Obasanjo’s desperation to move against the popular wish of the ruling party at that time unfortunately opened a Pandora box of monumental financial enticement and mercantile politics in the federal legislature”.
The book notes that this was further consolidated during Obasanjo’s unpopular third term project in 2006 which was eventually killed by the lawmakers.
The book provides detailed and robust images, account and analyses of first eight years of Fourth Republic National Assembly embellished with scholarly media perspectives.