June 12: If MKO Was Alive, Would He Be In APC?
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Political and Legislative Affairs, Ekong Sampson, started this.
He was speaking in Uyo, during a Planet FM interview programme, “Politics Today” on Thursday and the conversation led to the post-humous recognition of late MKO Abiola.
He commended the gesture by the APC-led government of Muhammadu Buhari, but declared that if the late politician was alive, he would be a PDP member.
To him, “the essential character in June 12 is the bridge building component of that struggle.
“I can say clearly that if Chief Abiola were to be alive today, he would be campaigning for the PDP because PDP represents what Abiola lived and fought for.”
He further said: “As we immortalize Chief Abiola we must learn lessons from the undercurrents that drive his imprint in history and defend what drove their essence.
“We must be able to protect the character of their struggles and, to me, the character of that struggle is embedded in the principles of democracy; that the wish of the people must be respected.”
If PDP feels this strongly about the June 12, 1993 election and the lead martyr of the struggle, how come it failed to recognize them in 16 years of leading Nigeria?
The Akwa Ibom politician said June 12 has become a rallying cry and a signature that impunity cannot last forever.
We can only hope his colleagues listened to him saying June 12 should be a defining metaphor for 2019.
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