National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu has urged his party to adopt the manifesto of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late MKO Abiola.
Former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu has called on the All Progressives Congress to adopt the manifestos of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola.
He said this when the family of the late politician paid him a thank you visit at his Bourdillon home, Ikoyi Lagos on Sunday.
He noted that the best way the APC-led federal government can immortalise Abiola is to adopt his manifesto.
The MKO Abiola manifesto was titled “Farewell To Poverty” and according to Tinubu, who himself is a stalwart of APC, there is need to adopt the manifesto.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for declaring June 12 as Democracy Day, saying the injustice of the past had just been reversed.
It would be recalled that President Buhari honoured the late Abiola with the highest national award, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and declared June 12, the date of the election, Nigeria’s freest and fairest ever, as Democracy Day, as against May 29.
The familes of the late Abiola, and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, who was given the second highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), will receive the insigna tomorrow (Tuesday) in Abuja.
Tinubu said: “We’ve continued to struggle for this day that this injustice must be corrected to become part of our history. And if we truly are democrats, we must take the fulfilment of the date as a dream that must be realised and that has come from a military man, a man of military background, who is now truly committed to democratic principles and values. We must adopt now hope and farewell to poverty as next crusade to continue to immortailse the beliefs and values of MKO Abiola”
The late Abiola’s eldest child, Lola Abiola-Edewor, said: “For all of those years we’ve been in great distress because not only did we lose our father, we just began to wonder if it was all worth it.
“And see how many governments we’ve had since 1993 till date and nobody saw it fit to do that which is right. The Lord bless President Buhari for this singular honour that he’s done this family and that’s really why we’ve come to see Asiwaju, to thank him for the role he played in the whole saga, which turned out to be a watershed made right. To thank him for standing in, standing firm and standing strong”