Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he could have gotten a third term if he wanted, saying he is “bold enough” to do so.
This is because he says he will not join the campaign bandwagon of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, and says he has done his best in writing his endorsement.
The former president had this to say while speaking at a virtual engagement hosted by the Africa Leadership Group on Thursday.
the punch reports that Obasanjo had in his New Year’s message to Nigerians, titled “My appeal to all Nigerians, particularly young Nigerians”, endorsed Obi.
The former president said he has no regrets leading Nigeria.
Obasanjo said: “I am not on the campaign train. I have used it for the benefit of my experience and I have said it clearly.
“I do not belong to any political party. I will not join any campaign train. I have said what is best for the country.”
Speaking on what to look for in the next president, Obasanjo said: “Nigeria is where we are because of leadership.
“We must aggressively seek out men and women who have the character, attributes, skill and attitude we need for leadership that will work in this country.”
However, the former president refuted claims that he wanted a third term as the country’s president.
Obasanjo said that he would have had it if he wanted to.
Obasanjo said: “I never asked for a third term. If he had wanted a third term, he would have gotten it. I’m bold enough to know how to get it.
Speaking about the Nigerian constitution, Obasanjo called for an amendment, noting that no constitution is perfect.
He said: “Some people blame the constitution for everything in Nigeria. Of course, our constitution is not perfect, and there is no constitution that is sacrosanct and can be amended.”
He said that part of what should be included in the amended constitution is devolution of power.