A book about to be launched on the activities of the National Assembly in the fourth republic have traced the introduction of money to arm twist federal lawmakers to former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
The book which is slated for public presentation next week Monday at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, chronicles how, for the first time, money exchanged hands in the Fourth Republic National Assembly in 1999 when Obasanjo moved to stop the Senate Presidency bid of Senator Chuba Okadigbo, who was adopted by the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party at that time.
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It was gathered that Obasanjo decided to work against the emergence of Okadigbo, because he knew that Okadigbo will be difficult to manipulate compared to Senator Evan Enwerem, who later succeeded Okadigbo.
Enwerem, who decamped from the then All People’s Party to PDP, after winning his election to represent Owerri Senatorial District of Imo state, was seen as easier to control than Okadigbo who was known to be single-minded.
According to the book, which was written by one Dr. Austin Ugawan, at the inauguration of the Senate in June 3, 1999, large amount of money was moved in to rally senators from the three majority party then, Alliance for Democracy, APP Senators and PDP towards actualising Obasanjo’s plan.
Page 99 of the book reads: “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."
According to Elombah.com, the book provides detailed and robust images, account and analyses of first eight years of Fourth Republic National Assembly.
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