Former Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. George Daika, has advised National Chairman of National Rescue Movement, Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau to avoid efforts to rewrite history or obliterate public knowledge but acknowledge the key role Atiku played in frustrating Obasanjo’s third term agenda.
Daika stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja while reacting to Dansadau’s claims that Atiku didn’t contribute to the defeat of the Third Agenda of former President Obasanjo.
He reminded the Zamfara Senator that the defeat of the project was the outcome of the efforts of forces both within and outside the National Assembly and has remained the major reason behind the strange relationship between Atiku and his boss.
According to Daika, Obasanjo didn’t move against Atiku and vowed to torpedo his political ambition because of the so-called corruption, but did so because of the role of Atiku in joining the broad national coalition to stop the removal of constitutional term limits to make Obasanjo life President.
Daika explained that since the collapse of the Third term project in 2006, Obasanjo has singled out Atiku for persecution, adding that the former President didn’t believe Dansadau played more significant role in defeating Third term than Atiku.
The former lawmaker reminded Dansadau of the fact that Atiku suffered more persecution than any politician ever connected with the defeat of the Third term project.
He said that if Atiku didn’t play any role in the collapse the Third Term agenda, Obasanjo would not have accused the former Vice President of betrayal.
He explained that Atiku’s role was not betrayal as portrayed because he only supported the need to preserve the sanctity of the constitution on term limits in defense of Nigeria’s democracy.
Hon. Daika therefore, explained that, while Dansadau is entitled to his opinion, he is not entitled to rewrite history to suit his own political agenda.
Myke Uzendu, Abuja