By Ayo Kehinde
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 or record in order to score a political point.
Reacting to Dansadau’s claims that Atiku didn’t contribute to the defeat of the Third Agenda of former President Obasanjo, the former Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, 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.
Dansadau was, in an interview with a national newspaper, recently, asked; “Nearly 10 years ago, you specifically commended former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for fighting the third term agenda of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. Are you still with him? and he replied,
“No, you must have forgotten that Atiku didn’t fight third term. That is the truth of the matter… With all sense of humility, nobody knows the secret of third term better than the late Uche Chukwumerije and myself. All the meetings that were held on third term by our colleagues, apart from three, were in my house.
“We wanted to rotate it, but some senators were afraid that anything could happen to anybody, so I volunteered and gave my house. We used to meet weekly…”
According to Hon. 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.
Rt. Hon. 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 did.
The former Plateau lawmaker reminded Dansadau of the fact 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 defence of Nigeria’s democracy.
Rt. Hon. Daika therefore, explained that, while Dansadau is entitled to his opinion, he is not entitled to rewrite history to suit his own political account.