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OBJ Introduced Money Politics In NASS –New Book Reveals

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 9:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A New book on Fourth Republic National Assembly has traced the introduction of the use of money  to curry the favour of the lawmakers in the federal parliament to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The book, authored by Dr Austin Uganwa  and slated for public presentation on Monday at Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, disclosed that 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, adding that it was at this point that the seed of mercantile politics was sown in the National Assembly.