Jamiu, son of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 presidential election 1993, late MKO Abiola, has no kind words for former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He slammed the former president for “benefiting on his father’s blood” but neglecting to recognise his contribution to Nigeria’s democracy. 

MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election that was annulled, died fighting for his mandate while Obasanjo was elected President in 1999 upon the country’s return to democracy. 

The deceased son spoke on Sunday in Abuja at an event tagged “Testimonies of Change”, designed to showcase the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. 

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The event, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture, witnessed personal testimonies by beneficiaries of government programmes. 

Abiola, who was among the testifiers, said for over two decades, Nigerians gave mandate to his father which he was “denied and killed”, the family suffered emotional and psychological torture. 

He said his mother, Kudirat Abiola, who also fought for his father’s mandate, was also killed in the process leaving seven children behind. 

Jamiu said that Obasanjo benefited from the democracy struggle by his late father and mother when he was elected President in 1999.

He said in spite of coming from the same region and state as his late father and mother, Obasanjo declined to recognise their contribution to the enthronement of democracy. 

He, therefore, commended President Muhammad Buhari, who after over two decades, recognised his father and declared June 12, National Democracy Day. 

“What President Buhari has done, despite not being a Yoruba man, has ended the emotional and psychological trauma my family has gone through all these years," he said. 

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