Democracy: Group Blasts Atiku, Says It’s Evil to Compare Him With Abiola, Ekwueme

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – A group under the auspices of Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), has blasted former President Atiku Abubakar over alleged attempt by his media handlers to compare him to late Alex Ekwueme and late Moshood Abiola as belonging to the same class of democrats.

The group which described such comparison as “evil comparison disclosed this on Sunday in a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Casiddy Madueke, Chairman and Secretary respectively sent to Sundiata Post.

The statement reads:   

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar is not in the same democratic league with the late Moshood Abiola or Dr Alex Ekwueme. The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says it is evil for anyone to make such comparison.

The group, in a statement in Abuja, said the comparison that Atiku media handlers are trying to sell to Nigerians is totally off the mark because facts on the ground do not support this position they made in response to Federal Government’s allusion to Atiku as a threat to the nation’s democracy.

In the statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Casiddy Madueke, BMO said this is just another attempt to rewrite history in order to paint Atiku in good light.

“It is laughable that Atiku media handlers could attempt to configure a not-too-recent history by passing off Atiku Abubakar, not only as a democrat, but to also compare him with more distinguished Nigerians like Moshood Abiola and Alex Ekwueme both of blessed memory.

“We know they have a job to do and we don’t envy them at all. Anyone that is saddled with the task of painting a good picture of a serially tainted politician would throw words around and hope that no one would notice the fallacies.

“Atiku’s political antecedents cannot be associated with that of a democrat. Here is a man that is willing to move and has actually moved three times between two different ruling parties and the opposition after failing to have his way.

 “None of the people his media men have name-checked in their recent statement has had to change parties to satisfy a selfish desire. Both men were known to have suffered perceived injustices in their political journey, but like true democrats, they stayed back to help build their respective political parties.

“Atiku is a dangerously desperate politician that is known to have threatened violence at a forum in Abuja, shortly after he lost the PDP Presidential ticket in a bitter contest to the then President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2011 election.

“Before then, there was an unprecedented intra-party acrimony that was so characterised by mudslinging that the then opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had to issue a statement calling for peace in the ranks of the ruling PDP.

“These facts are very much in the public domain, so it is preposterous that the Atiku camp is seeking to feed Nigerians with a red herring,” the group said.

BMO also wondered why the former Vice president and his media handlers would seek to rubbish history with false narratives on the actual role he played in the dying days of military rule.  

“His media aides want Nigerians to believe that he joined forces with MKO Abiola and Ekwueme to fight the then Abacha dictatorship, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

 “Nigerians would recall that Atiku Abubakar was a ranking member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on whose platform Abiola ran for the Presidency on June 12 1993, but since he lost out in his bid to be the running mate to Abiola, he clearly went off the political radar and was not even known to play a major role in the electioneering campaigns.

“There was also no record of his participation in efforts spearheaded by activists to force the military government to respect the wish of the people, neither was he one of those who publicly took on Abacha when he usurped power.

“And even when Ekwueme took up the gauntlet to lead the political opposition against the late General Abacha, Atiku was never part of the politicians in the forefront of an initiative that began as G9 but later metamorphosed into G18 and G34 respectively.

“The best he did was his less than inspiring membership of the 1994 Constitutional Conference which had Ekwueme as the leading light, but which was largely boycotted by members of his own party who were insisting on the June 12 mandate.”  

 The group maintained that the only time Atiku and Ekwueme could be mentioned in the same sentence is when a list of the country’s former Vice Presidents is drawn.

“Yes both of them were Vice Presidents at different times but Nigerians know that while one is the epitome of loyalty and had been acknowledged by his principal, the other had on several occasions been described in uncomplimentary terms by his own.”

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