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Resuscitation of MKO Abiola’s business empire tears children apart 

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* As Kudirat children, others challenge Simbiat children
* Enough of Kola, Deji, Agboola’s overloading – Abdulmumuni

Fresh crisis is brewing in the family of the late acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun MKO Abiola, as his children are currently at loggerheads over control of the businesses of the late renowned philanthropist.

AbdulMumuni Abiola, one of the late MKO Abiola’s children, yesterday called on his brothers Kola, Deji and Agboola, who were children of late Simbiat Abiola, to stop playing god with the properties of their late father.

Abdulmumuni, the youngest child of late Kudirat Abiola, in a statement issued yesterday on behalf of his brothers and sisters totalling 40, also revealed that his life is in danger because of his efforts to revive the abandoned projects, investments and properties of his father.

It would be recalled that MKO Abiola, died in the custody of the Federal Government during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s military regime on July 7, 1998. And his wife, Kudirat, considered a heroine of modern democracy, was allegedly killed by state-sponsored assassins on June 4, 1996.

Abdulmumuni in his statement made available to Saturday Telegraph yesterday said he is not happy with the collapsed of some of his late father’s companies.

“I want my brothers, Kola, Deji, and Agboola to stop playing god with our father’s properties and abandoned projects and investments. I, my brothers and sisters totalling 40 children of Abiola are not fighting with them. We don’t have a bone to pick with them. But we need to step out of the past and of our father’s shadow. Kola, Deji and Agboola have been peddling lies in the media about my efforts to bring about changes to the dwindling fortunes of the Abiola family.

“I am ashamed just like my other brothers and sister to see that after MKO Abiola’s death, many of his legacies appear to be in shambles. No, it shouldn’t be like that. That is not what MKO Abiola stood for while he was alive. I want the good people of Nigeria to prevail on Kola and his cohorts to stop using the police to harass me or those who are working with me to restore the lost glory of the Abiola family.

“Let me cite an example: Recently, four men were allegedly arrested and arraigned before a magistrate’s court for breaking into MKO’s bookshop at Oshodi. They were accused of stealing equipment and other materials valued at N1 billion. That is a farce. Deliberately, Kola and Deji ensured that my name was not mentioned in the newspaper that carried the news report,” he stated.

Speaking further he noted, “Every effort I have been making to renovate my father’s properties is not self-driven. It is for all my siblings and for the name of Chief MKO Abiola not to be dragged through the mud. Why should some people be sending thugs and miscreants after me and those working with me to renovate MKO Abiola’s properties? Why should that be? Do we have to wash our dirty linen in the public? Why should only a select few of Abiola’s children sit on our father’s properties?

“I am not even asking them to give me and my other siblings a share of the money-spinning companies of my father that they sit on. Our humble request is that they should allow me and my other siblings who are interested in renovating Abiola’s derelict properties. They should allow us to revive MKO Abiola’s abandoned projects.

“I have been painstakingly patient for 18 years. I have watched with long-suffering and regret how few of my siblings have arrogated to themselves what belong to all of us. MKO Abiola’s properties don’t belong to Kola, Deji and cohorts alone. They belong to all his children. We have been put through enough ignominy by Kola. Enough is enough.”

Abiola’s son, however, revealed that his life and that of his siblings could be in danger.

“I am also informing the public that my life is in danger. I don’t feel safe any longer. If anything untoward happens to me Nigerians should know who to hold responsible. If anything should happen to me or my siblings, Kola and his cohorts should be held responsible. I love life but I will not sit down cowardly.

“It is time all of Abiola’s children sat down and discuss how what exactly we want to do with our father’s properties and investments. We really don’t want handouts from anybody. We’re MKO Abiola’s children. We must uphold the integrity, fame and humanity of Chief MKO Abiola,” Abdulmumuni state

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Jonathan warns Buhari against rigging Ekiti poll

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against succumbing to pressure to subjugate democracy by rigging the Ekiti State governorship election, in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stating that such action would haunt him at the end of his tenure.

 

Dr. Jonathan also advised him against bowing to any such pressure to use presidential powers negatively, but urged President Buhari to use his powers to strengthen democracy in Nigeria. The former President, who gave this advice during the inauguration of the first over-head bridge in Ado- Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, warned that President Buhari would be haunted by posterity if he does “because what you go with is the name that you leave behind.”

 

His words: “I don’t believe anybody can defeat the PDP in Ekiti if election is going to be held. I want to advise President Buhari not to deploy power to truncate Ekiti election. Though as a President, you have the power, but don’t do that because of posterity. History will record whatever you do and the power of a leader is determined after leaving office and not when he is in the office.

 

“The will of the people must be allowed to stand at all times, because power belongs to them and we must respect their verdict through the ballots. I am using this opportunity to call on Mr. President. I was there, and

 

I know (that) when you are there, there is so much pressure from everybody to use all the powers you have to subjugate democracy,” he said. He, therefore, called on Buhari not to bow to pressure by attempting to subjugate democracy in Nigeria, as doing that would amount to undermining the country’s path to greatness.

 

Jonathan said that advanced countries of the world today achieved greatness from the selfless sacrifices made by both leaders and followers. Part of the sacrifices, he said, made by their leaders includes not interfering with the democratic process that brings in successive leaders into office.

 

“All the great democracies you are seeing in the world, those great countries were built by people who made sacrifices to make their countries great.” Jonathan also used the opportunity to commend Nigerian youths whom he described as great and hardworking people. Although he admitted that the youths were confronted with challenges, especially not being encouraged with creativity, he called on governments at all levels to encourage them to be hard-working. He further stated: “We have challenges – no power for creativity. With the limits we have, we know the great things you are doing.”

 

The former President expressed optimism that with the level of support by the people, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is a party to beat in the forthcoming election. Jonathan further called on Ekiti people to vote for the PDP in the July 14 governorship polls even as he thanked them for their support to Governor Ayodele Fayose. He commended PDP for choosing youthful governorship candidate and his running mate, adding: “Nigerian youths are not lazy. I don’t believe that, because I have worked with them closely.

They are great people with great potential who should be celebrated by any leader.” In a veiled reference to Buhari’s recent statement abroad, he said “As leaders we must make sure we present a country that will make us proud and not to use our country as a negative example in Africa to the outside world.

 

The idea of portraying Nigerians’ negative manners had occurred on two occasions under this present government. These are mistakes we should not make.” He thanked the people for their support for the PDP since 2015 and urged them to do more in the coming governorship election.

 

“Fayose will never compromise the interest of Ekiti people for anything. He is a leader who speaks truth to power. In fact, Fayose is a leader and he has done well for his people. Any leader who wants to encourage his people must encourage the education of the youth. If you don’t encourage the youths, they will be exploited. “As youths, you have to be aware that we are operating a knowledge-based economy. So you must be proficient in the use of computer. You can’t compromise this if you want to fit into the 21st  century economy,” he said.

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Don’t vote APC, PDP in 2019, Ezekwesili tells Nigerians

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Former Minister of Education and Convener of the famous “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday told Nigerians not to vote for candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections, saying that they have both failed integrity test.

 

Ezekwesili said this during her speech at the South -West Regional launch of the ‘Red Card Movement’, a Citizens Movement for good governance in Nigeria. The group promised to give Nigeria a credible alternative to President Muhammdu Buhari to take over the mantle of leadership in the country.

 

Noting that both PDP and APC have been given red card by good citizens of Nigeria because they have contributed immensely to the failure of the system, the minister who served during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo said, “Nigerians are tired of bad leadership which the nation has been experiencing since independence and that is the reason why we are giving red card to political class.

 

When credible leaders begin to govern our local government councils, states and federal government, Nigeria will become the most productive country in the world. Nigeria will become the most competitive country in the world.

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Killings: We won’t vote irresponsible govt in 2019 –Methodist Prelate

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The Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence Dr. Samuel Kanu, yesterday proclaimed that the church will not support the emergence of an “irrelevant and irresponsible” person as President of the country.

 

Dr. Kanu disclosed this when he led other Bishops and members of the church to a courtesy call on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the Government House in Makurdi to commiserate with him and people of the state over recent killing of two Catholic Priests and 17 parishioners who were murdered inside the church and buried last Tuesday.

 

“We are appealing that this government in power should rise up to the occasion because any government that does not protect lives and property is irrelevant, irresponsible and will not be allowed to continue in power. We as a church are neither for PDP, APC, APGA, LP nor any other political party in Nigeria, we are for everybody and all we want is good governance and anybody that gives us good governance is the person we will support at all times,” he said.

 

He said Christian leaders in the country have been watching with deep concern the spate of killings in Benue and other states in the Middle Belt region and are disturbed at the alarming rate of Fulani herdsmen attacks and destruction of lives and property with impunity.

 

The Prelate, who stated that the church has endorsed the Anti-grazing Law validly passed by the state House of Assembly said, gone are the old days when cattle were moved about during which they strayed into people’s farms and destroyed their means of livelihood.

 

He implored the Federal Government to adopt ranching which is the best global practice of animal husbandry. “We the Methodist Church support and endorse the Grazing Bill passed by the state House of Assembly because the action is a step in the right direction.

 

“In modern times, moving cattle around and destroying people’s means of livelihood has become obsolete and no longer obtainable elsewhere in the world. Some of us who have visited nations like South Korea, Britain, the USA and other developed countries where ranches are built for cattle, can attest to the fact that ranching is the modern way of rearing cattle. Dr. Kanu commended the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for endorsing ranching as the way out of the present nagging situation.

 

While condemning the killing of people of the state especially two Catholic Priests and 17 parishioners by armed Fulani herdsmen, the Methodist Prelate described the dastardly attack as “The height of irresponsibility, wickedness and hostility” and insisted, it was unacceptable to the church.

 

“The Methodist Church believes that everybody irrespective of tribe and ethnic cleavages should live in Nigeria freely, practice their religion freely, associate freely and do their businesses freely. We must warn that these killings have become an intolerable nuisance and will no longer be accepted”.

 

He noted that the church will not relent in its prayers for Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe, Borno and the entire North East, North west as well as North Central states for the return of permanent peace. He appealed to the government in power and sponsors of the senseless killings to sheathe their swords and embrace peace and dialogue in order to have a prosperous and progressive Nigeria.

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