By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Southwest has described as mere hypocrisy the celebration of June 12 by Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, governors.
The opposition party through its PDP Zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kayode Babade, said rolling out drums and wasting public fund on media exultation and ugly lectures in the name of June 12 was a shameless display of hypocrisy.
All the alleged hypocrisy could not cover the hatred the ACN had for Moshood Abiola’s family, legacies and ideals, it claimed.
According to the statement, “Today (yesterday), they are celebrating June 12. They have declared public holiday. They are making beautiful speeches. Yet, these same people were the ones who protested the loudest when University of Lagos, UNILAG, was renamed Moshood Abiola University, Lagos?”
The party further alleged that the same ACN governors were the ones who denied MKO Abiola’s son a House of Representatives ticket in Ogun State.
Instead of Jamiu Abiola, the son of the hero to be given the party’s ticket, they awarded their party ticket to the son of the former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
“Shouldn’t they have allowed MKO Abiola’s son to participate in a free contest? He was simply shut out. Even when he was ready to subject himself to a primary election, they said no and selected Osoba’s son! Yet, they say they love MKO Abiola, and we ask, what have they done for MKO Abiola’s family, legacies and ideals since they assumed office?, the party asked.
The party wondered if MKO was alive, he would have sacked workers the way the Action Congress of Nigeria has done.
“ Would Abiola have destroyed people’s houses and shops without paying compensation? Would Abiola have made his wife chairperson of government agencies as done in Ekiti State by Governor Kayode Fayemi?
Would Abiola have sacked doctors, Local Government workers for protesting against the government? Would Abiola have used thugs to disrupt opposition parties programmes? The PDP asked rhetorically.
It asked further, “Is June 12 about denial of rights to vie for party tickets? Would there have been a June 12 for them to celebrate if MKO Abiola had been denied the rights to participate in an open primary election as the ACN did to his (Abiola) son?
PDP concluded saying “these characters should just stop mocking God and assaulting our collective sensibilities. They should start using the name of their alleged corrupt Lagos based Governor-general to seek public support instead of clinging on the good names of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and MKO Abiola.”