June 12: PDP, Oshiomhole disagree over PMB’s gesture


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party and former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, have disagreed over the motive behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to declare June 12 Democracy Day and honour the late Chief MKO Abiola. While PDP insists that Buhari is seeking to use the gesture to claim democratic credentials, Oshiomhole said the President’s gesture is altruistic and shows his strength of character. The two spoke at different instances 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.