June 17, 2024

NIGERIA Global News

Stop Abusing Our Father’s Legacy!!! Tundun, Daughter of the Late M.K.O Abiola Blasts Her Sister


Tundun, daughter of the late M.K.O Abiola, the supposed Winner of the 1993 presidential election, lambasts her sister, Hafsat, for throwing their Father’s name under the bus in favor of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi’s Presidential aspirations.


Kogi State’s Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Saturday, announced that he will run for president in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), promising to repeat his self-acclaimed record as Governor of Kogi State.


The occasion was attended by a few dignitaries consisting of his deputy; Edward Onoja, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Hafsat Abiola-Costello, the Daughter of the presumed winner of June 12, 1993, presidential election, past due M.K.O Abiola.


Hafsat Abiola, the Director-General of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organization, says she is directing the Campaign for Governor Yahaya Bello because she believes he possesses the skills needed to lead Nigeria to its rightful destination.


Speaking in Lagos on Sunday, Hafsat Abiola declared that one of the similarities between her late philanthropist father and the Kogi Governor was that they both refused to possess political Godfathers.


“Nigerians must be given the free hand to choose their leaders. This is the meaning of democracy. My father did not contest to represent zoning interests. His interest was Nigeria and Nigeria alone,” she said.


Hafsat Abiola spared no words in sugar-coating the qualities of her principal in juxtaposition to that of her father.  She further pointed out that Yahaya Bello is a respecter of anyone irrespective of social standings and he shares the same vision of a United Nigeria as her father did.


“These are the same qualities I have seen in the Kogi Governor. He dared to contest, not minding that he was from a minority tribe in Kogi, and won, and he has come out again. My father did the same when it was believed that a Yoruba man could not be president.


“Yahaya Bello is the best man for the job. And you know me, I am not driven by pecuniary considerations. I do what I believe in. In the next seven weeks, we will be working hard, and when we emerge, we will deliver the Nigeria of our dreams,” she said.


Hafsat’s generous comments have been met with wild criticism from friends, families, and a good number of the general public who strongly disagree with her and believe that she had not done well in protecting her father’s name, reputation, and legacy. The most recent criticism came from her half-sister, Tudun, who is also a daughter of the late M.k.O Abiola.


Reacting to the developments on Monday while co-anchoring a Morning show on Arise TV, Tudun condemned her sister, saying she has no right to “exploit” their father’s name for Bello’s benefits.


“I have come to expect certain things even from that individual. Just because it is not surprising doesn’t mean that it is not staggering inappropriate,” she said.


“I am referring to my half-sister, Hafsat, who is the DG of the Yahaya Bello Campaign, and her making comparisons to my dad. There are a lot of political players on his team, not one of them feels the need to throw their fathers under the bus for the sake of their principal.


“Come out and talk about your principal, his antecedents, his plans for the future of Nigeria and leave daddy out of it.


“It is not her right because it is not her name. It is our name and it is also the name of future generations of Abiola yet unborn who should be proud of a legacy.


“My father was tortured because the UN does consider solitary confinement as torture. He was tortured then murdered and has left his legacy—only for it to be abused in this fashion.


“Everybody should just leave his name out of it, especially dishonesty, false equivalence, and cynical exploitation of a genuine struggle. It is nauseating.”


Comparing the late M.K.O Abiola to Yahaya Bello is perceived to be a move below the belt as the current government has been accused of owing workers’ salaries for about 39 months.


Rumors also have it that Kogi State has a substantial amount of workers that are collecting salaries as low as 3 thousand Naira, which is just 10% below the country’s Minimum wage benchmark.


It’s safe to say Yahaya Bello is not well respected by many as he is regarded as a failure. Hence there is no surprise that his comparison to M.K.O. Abiola is seen as a disrespectful comparison.


Yahaya Bello’s credibility and reputation in the Nigerian political space remain a big question following disturbing reports that his tenure as governor has been plagued with humanitarian disasters.


It’s no wonder, his Campaign’s DG has faced stern criticism in parallel to her recent comments deemed as unnecessary and personal interest-driven.

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