A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George, has claimed that the National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, begged former military dictator, General Sani Abacha, for an appointment.
He said this while reacting to Kola Abiola, the son of the late MKO Abiola, allegations that after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, Tinubu met the late Abacha, and begged him for a commissioner appointment in Lagos State.
Kola stated that it was after Tinubu had lost out that he decided to join the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) to fight for the actualisation of the June 12 mandate.
Speaking to The Punch in an interview, Olabode George said commended Abiola’s son for speaking up and revealing the APC chieftain as an opportunist.
He said, “Most of what Kola said is true. He spoke from the heart and he was trying to set the records straight in the face of the many narratives.
“He had been looking for who would help to recognise the June 12 saga so that his father wouldn’t have died in vain.
“In the course of this, he had bottled up so much. He went through a lot, having lost his mother and family businesses during the struggle. So, he was setting the records straight so that people would not rewrite history.”
George, who was a former military administrator, noted that the lesson of June 12 goes beyond just declaring a public holiday.
“Now, June 12 has been adopted as a national holiday but have we learnt any serious lesson from it? Have we done anything to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated?
“Yes, people are pontificating and trying to use it as a political tool but believe we have not learnt anything,” he said.