SWITZERLAND, JUNE 16 – Prominent opposition PDP chieftain and former National Vice Chairman of the party in the South-West, Olabode George, has backed assertions by son of the late M.K.O Abiola, Kola about APC National leaders, Bola Tinubu
Kola Abiola had in a recent interview, said Tinubu had begged the late military dictator, Gen Sani Abacha for a political appointment and it was when Abacha refused that Tinubu joined the National Democratic Coalition(NADECO) to struggle against the military.
Speaking on roles Asiwaju Tinubu played during Abacha regime, Abiola said “At the very beginning, Tinunu was part of the Yar’Adua PF group from Jos. He was a senator then, and as far as the group went, we related. The crisis started post-election. When Abacha came, one of the things he wanted to do was to be the administrator for Lagos.
“Tinubu was close to my dad. I am sure you have seen pictures of him and my dad. He was hoping that there would be civilian administrators like we had under IBB but Abacha said no, that he was going to have military administrators. So he (Tinubu) said okay, in that case, can I be a deputy administrator? But Abacha said that there wouldn’t be deputies. Then he wanted the post of a commissioner.
“Then it was a choice between him and someone very close to Jakande, who has passed on now. I can’t remember his name, but because Babagana was already in the government, that guy was picked as commissioner. But really, Senator Tinubu had lost out already.
“Tinubu was very close to MKO, he and Adeniyi Adele, a very good guy, were close to my father. In fact, Adeniyi was closer to my father and more dedicated to the process than anyone of them. When my documentary comes out, you will see Tinubu’s take on issues. So once he lost out, automatically, he became a NADECO member and Adeniyi was incarcerated,” Kola said.
Bode George on Saturday, commended Kola Abiola for exposing former Lagos State Governor , Asiwaju Bola Tinubu , and other “June 12 opportunists .”
George said this during an interview while reacting to Kola ’s allegations. .
George hailed Kola for stating the facts even as he lamented that many opportunists were seeking to twist history.
He said , “It is true that Tinubu went to beg for a commissioner position . He was in the Villa and Gen . Oladipo Diya is a witness . He ( Tinubu ) said he wanted to be a deputy to a military administrator and when all that didn ’t work , he went into his activism .”
The PDP chieftain hailed Kola for deciding to make a documentary of the June 12 saga .
George said Kola must not be victimised for saying the truth since , as the first son of MKO , he was an insider.
He said , “Most of what Kola said is true. He spoke from the heart and he was trying to set the records straight in the face of the many narratives . He had been looking for who would help to recognise the June 12 saga so that his father wouldn ’ t have died in vain .
“In the course of this , he had bottled up so much . He went through a lot , having lost his mother and family businesses during the struggle . So , he was setting the records straight so that people would not rewrite history.”
The PDP chieftain , however , said Nigeria had yet to learn from the June 12 saga .
He said the lessons of June 12 go beyond declaring a holiday or immortalising MKO .
George said , “Now , June 12 has been adopted as a national holiday but have we learnt any serious lesson from it? Have we done anything to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated?”
“Yes , people are pontificating and trying to use it as a political tool but believe we have not learnt anything .”
The PDP chieftain said Nigerians were more united during the June 12 struggle than today and argued that more emphasis should be placed on uniting the nation through the legacy of June 12 .