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Exclusive: Buhari stopped merchandizing of June 12 – Abiola’s Son

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…Says MKO Abiola rejected monitory inducement to trade-off his mandate

Jamiu Abiola, son of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari put a stop to the antics of some opportunistic politicians were making capital out of the June 12 struggle.

In an exclusive interview with the Nigeria Pilot, Jamiu Abiola declared that some politicians, including those that were not part of the June 12 struggle, were using the June 12 issue to make themselves relevant and get undue political advantage.

He explained that when President Buhari eventually immortalized Abiola by making June 12 Democracy they, the opportunistic politicians were deflated as they can no longer make capital out of the June 12 toga.

Responding to a question on what plans he has for the forthcoming June 12 anniversary, Jamiu stressed that since June 12 is now belongs to all Nigerians and no longer the exclusive preserve of few individuals.

“Well June 12 now belongs to all Nigerians, like a baby being through a lot of journeys, firstly with the annulment and then people using it as a commodity of trade to occupy political offices and also to pretend that they believe in MKO Abiola but Buhari just removed it from the market believing that it is a national day for all.”

Jamiu Abiola stressed that his late father and mother, Kudirat Abiola, laid down their lives for democracy to take root in the country.

He attributed the crisis that trailed the June 12 election to the fact that those that superintended over the election and annulled it never anticipated that late MKO Abiola was going to win the election.

“My father’s story is that of a man who won election but it was later annulled because the people who supervised the elections did not expect him to win but he won it by default and they felt they should cancel the election.

“They also believed he was a businessman who could trade anything for money and so they offered him but when he refused, he was killed just like my mother too was murdered while supporting my father.

“So both of them died so that Nigeria can be democratic which a lot of politicians benefited from such as some elected governors, house members and others in 1999 but the only person amongst all Nigerian leaders that dimmed it fit to honour my father was President Muhammadu Buhari and it is only natural to support him in achieving his dreams the same way my father did in death.

“So the only person that has brought him to life is the president which is why I’m calling for mass support from Nigerians to enable him achieve his dreams of moving the country forward.”

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