MKO wasn’t tortured, murdered for Hafsat to disgrace him for Yahaya Bello – Tundun slams half-sister
Arise TV Presenter, Tundun Abiola, has lambasted her sister, Hafsat Abiola-Costello for comparing Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State with their late father, MKO Abiola.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that Hafsat, who is the Director-General of Bello’s presidential campaign, had likened the governor’s Hope23 campaign slogan to Hope’93 slogan of Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
She stated this on Sunday while speaking on Arise TV on reason why she accepted to head Bello’s campaign, added that one of the similarities between her late father and Bello is their refusal to have political godfathers and that’s what is responsible for the “persecution” the Governor faced by different interests and the controversies around his administration.
Tundun, who was livid while commenting on Arise TV show said her half-sister should leave their father out of the issue and concentrate on selling the manifestos of her principal.
The TV Presenter, is the daughter of Mrs Bisi Abiola, MKO Abiola’s third wife, while Hafsat is the daughter of Abiola’s second wife, Kudirat, who was murdered during the June 12 struggle.
She said, “I have come to expect certain things from that individual, but just because it is not surprising, does not mean it was not staggeringly inappropriate.
“I am referring to my half-sister, Hafsat, who is the DG of Yahaya Bello’s campaign, and her comparison to my dad. There were a lot of political players in his team, and not one of them decided to throw their father under the bus for the sake of their principal.
“Come out and talk about your principal, his antecedents and stands for the future of Nigeria and leave daddy out of this. It is not her right, because it is not her name. It is our name. It is the name of future Abiolas yet unborn who should be proud of the legacy. My father was tortured because according to the United Nations, it sees solitary confinement as torture. He was tortured and then, he was murdered and has left his legacy only for it to be abused in this fashion.
“And I did say that I was quite consistent. We had another gentleman on the show talking about another person he was campaigning for, and using my dad to score points and I was apoplectic. Everybody should just leave his name out of this. It is especially disgusting, the false equivalence, the cynical expatiation of a genuine struggle.”
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