The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day to honour late Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of 1993 presidential election.
The President also conferred posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on the late politician 20 years after his death.
But the PDP said the Buhari is only using Abiola’s name to gain “political capital”.
The spokesman for the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the President’s move showed “smacks of hypocrisy and political desperation ahead of 2019 presidential election”.
“President Buhari’s action merely sought to use the name and person of Chief Abiola to gain a political capital and not out of genuine reverence and recognition for him. The party recalls that President Buhari, who was serving in the military administration of General Sani Abacha during the travails of Chief MKO Abiola, did not associate either by words or actions with the late winner of June 12 election,” the statement issued on Wednesday, June 6.
“History did not record President Buhari as sympathetic to the Abiola’s family when his wife, Kudirat, was gruesomely murdered by the agents of a government which president Buhari served.
“It is therefore a sign of political desperation for President Buhari to seek to use Chief Abiola’s name as a tool to sway Nigerians in less than twelve months to an election where he is seeking a second term,” Ologbondiyan said.
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