The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supports any honour done by Nigeria to the memory of acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, the party’s spokesman said on Sunday.
Kola Ologbondiyan said this in a statement, but insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari honoured the late Abiola because, according to the party, the Nigerian leader was desperately seeking to win votes in the 2019 presidential election.
It noted that bestowing a posthumous national award on Abiola did not make Buhari a democrat.
“Chief Abiola, in his life time, stood for personal liberty of citizens, particularly the right to aspire for any position, respect for constitutional order and principle of separation of powers,” the party said.
“He also stood for national cohesion as well as a free press, all of which were upheld by the PDP.
“While the PDP congratulates the family of late Chief Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, we also remember the roles of late Sen. Abraham Adesanya, Bagauda Khalto, Dan Suleiman, Raph Obiorah, Alex Ibru and others.
“We remember the Management and Staff of the Concord, Guardian, Vanguard, Punch and other media houses, who suffered undue hardships for our nation to attain this democracy.”