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CUPP cautions Kingibe over comments against Obasanjo


[FILES] Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria’s opposition political parties, under the aegis of Coalition United Political Parties (CUPP), has fired back at Alhaji Babagana Kingibe over his alleged comments accusing former President Olusegun Obasanjo of having a hand in the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election.

In a statement yesterday signed by its spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the body accused Kingibe of abandoning the struggle, adding: “You betrayed the democratic/June 12 struggle when you accepted to work with Gen. Sani Abacha, who was rejected nationally and internationally, and helped him in the shameful brutal journey to crush the voice of democracy in return for political appointment.

“You claimed to be a democrat, but you abandoned your vice presidential position and left Abiola to rot away, while you took position as minister few weeks into the struggle. “You betrayed a man who took you as his deputy and leaked all his plans to a bloody ruthless dictator.

“Obasanjo, for anything, is not cheap and not a traitor, but a man of courageous character; hence he refused to bow to crumbs from the table of the ruthless dictator, which was sweet/irresistible for some.”

CUPP wondered why Kingibe was honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying: “We are not kids when we kept quiet and Buhari honoured you with June 12 award, despite your betrayal.

“So, as you people honour Abiola with the stadium built by Obasanjo, just do it quietly and not allow us open can of worms that will politically silence you all for ever. “The only honour Abiola needs is for the result of the June 12 election to be announced and Parliamentary Act enacted to recognise him as a former president and not this window dressing.”

CUPP said if Abiola were alive today, he would not have accepted any award from any Abacha alleluya men or those who dined with Abacha while he was rotting in jail or share a stage with somebody who betrayed him.“Stay clear of statesmen like Obasanjo, who is a father of the nation and one though he is not a saint, but his courage cannot be bought with crumbs.” CUPP stated.


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