June 12 Declaration: Oshiomhole, PDP Not In Support For Buhari's Motive

The opposition defunct Peoples Democratic Party and
former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, have differ over the intention behind President Muhammadu Buhari's choice to proclaim June 12 Democracy Day and respect the late Chief MKO Abiola.

While PDP demands that Buhari is trying to utilize the motion to guarantee vote based qualifications, Oshiomhole said the President's signal is unselfish and demonstrates his strength of character.

The two talked at various cases in Abuja, on Sunday.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said President Buhari’s gesture of bestowing a posthumous national award on the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election and democratic icon, Chief MKO Abiola, had not made him a democrat.

The PDP said it fully supported any honour done by the nation to the memory of the late Abiola and all that he stood for. It, however, rejected the inclination by President Buhari to use the occasion to posture as a democrat in a desperate bid to garner votes ahead of 2019 Presidential election.

The PDP said its opposition to Buhari’s posturing is based on the fact that his Presidency had unapologetically violated and was still violating all democratic tenets for which Chief Abiola suffered, died and was being honoured.

The statement read in part “Nigerians still hold that President Buhari has not considered it necessary to apologise for staging the military coup that destroyed democratic governance on December 31, 1983, suspended our 1979 Constitution, foisted siege mentality on Nigerians and set the stage for a long despotic military rule for which Chief Abiola, his dear wife, Kudirat and other democratic martyrs ended up paying the supreme sacrifice to restore.

“Rather than apologising for his roles in those dark ages, President Buhari recently boasted of violation of human rights during his regime as military head of state including locking up citizens in prison without trial; the same injustice which Chief Abiola later suffered under General Sani Abacha.

Ologbondiyan further said, “While the PDP congratulates the family of late Chief Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, we also remember the roles of the late Senator Abraham Adesanya, Bagauda Khalto, Dan Suleiman, Ralph Obiorah, Alex Ibru, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Pa Ajayi Laniwun and a host of others, as well as the management and staff of the Concord, Guardian, Vanguard, PUNCH and other media houses, who suffered undue hardships for our nation to attain this democracy.”

However, the leading aspirant for the position of National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, disagreed with the PDP.

He said Buhari deserved commendation across party lines because he had summed the political will to right the wrongs of the past with his decision to honour the late MKO Abiola and declare June 12 as Democracy Day.

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