Allegation by Late Chief MKO Abiola’s first son, Kola, which downplayed the role of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the struggle for the restoration of the annulled June 12 1993 election, has drawn the comment of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) chieftain, Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd).
Kola had in an interview he granted The Sun claimed Tinubu was originally not a NADECO chieftain and only joined the group after Late Sani Abacha turned a deaf ear to his entreaties to give him appointment.
“I am sure you have seen pictures of him and my dad. He was hoping that there would be civilian administrators like we had under IBB but Abacha said no, that he was going to have military administrators. So he (Tinubu) said okay, in that case, can I be a deputy administrator? But Abacha said that there wouldn’t be deputies. Then he wanted the post of a commissioner.
“Then it was a choice between him and someone very close to Jakande who has passed on now. I can’t remember his name, but because Babagana was already in the government, that guy was picked as commissioner. But really, Senator Tinubu had lost out already,” Kola told the paper.
The statement has generated controversy with mixed reactions.
Nyiam in an interview with The Nation, weighed in on the matter.
The NADECO chieftain disagreed with Kola’s account of Tinubu’s role in the struggle and went on to reveal how the former Lagos governor sold his properties and that of his uncle to fund the activities of the group.
He said, “I was a witness to Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s selling of his London property for the struggle. In fact, the last one he sold was the one which his uncle, Wale Tinubu’s father and former Police Commissioner, gave him to manage while he was on exile.
“The property in London, Tinubu sold it. What was left for Tinubu was his own flat in London where we used to visit.
“The real operative activities against Sani Abacha were numerous. From Western Europe and North America, Tinubu was involved. Tinubu organised and funded the training of our men, ‘SAS’ agents.
“Tinubu funded my trips to meet with Y. Museveni in Uganda; to take advantage of MKO’s goodwill. Museveni was ready to train our chaps. I went to see the Chief of Army Staff of Uganda. All that was funded by Tinubu.
“Tinubu was reliable during the pro-democracy action against Gen. Sani Abacha’s dictatorial rule. That reliability is unchallengeable. If you doubt me, you can ask the present governor of Ekiti. Most of the funding for Radio Kudirat came from Tinubu through Ola Soyinka, son of Prof. Wole Soyinka. And I can say that Tinubu’s other son can also bear witness to that.”
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