n African Renaissance - The quest for self-perpetuating presidency : Obasanjo and the third term agenda

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Following the decision by President Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi to declare himself 'President for life', the African political landscape in the past two decades has witnessed a steady increase in the number of leaders who sought to extend their hold on power by either abolishing constitutional limits on tenure or by extending the number of terms allowed by the constitution. Analysts of African politics often see these events as undemocratic and a danger to the consolidation of democracy on the African continent. In this article, I review President Olusegun Obasanjo's attempt at amending the Nigerian constitution to extend his term of office. The article examines the strategies he employed to secure the third agenda and how his agenda was defeated, not only by the opposition party but also by some individual politicians from his own party the People's Democratic Party (PDP). The implications Obasanjo's third term agenda for Nigeria and Africa are also discussed.

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