Why Abiola’s daughter shouldn't campaign against IBB –Okosuns
By MUYIWA OYINLOLA
Gospel singer, Sonny Okosuns, has berated Hafsat Abiola over her on-going campaign against the presidential aspiration of former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), urging her to “leave IBB alone.”
Babangida had last week picked his nomination form on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but Hafsat vowed to mobilize Nigerians against the man who annulled the 1993 presidential election, believed to have been won by her late father, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola.
The evangelist who benefited from Abiola’s philanthropy advised Hafsat to rather devote her resources to mobilize family members on how to immortalize the late business mogul.
While acknowledging Abiola as his benefactor and hero of the nation’s modern democracy, Okosuns stated that Babangida like every other Nigerian reserves the right to contest for any elective office.
“What I’m saying is that they should leave IBB alone. This is democracy and every Nigerian has the right to contest for any elective office of his or her choice. Why is his entrance into the race generating this ripple?
“Why I’m saying this is because Abiola’s family, and Hafsat, to be precise, who went to the press to campaign against IBB, is pursuing a wrong agenda. Since the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election, and Abiola’s subsequent death, what has the family done to write Abiola’s name in gold? They executed his will, there’s nothing bad in that, and they all went their different ways, none of them has moved to institute a project in Abiola’s name.
“But now that IBB has come out, they want to form a group to fight him, this is unfair. Why not mobilize that group to pool resources together and build hospitals, factories, motherless babies homes, or any other thing that the great man stood for in his life time.”
Okosuns, who is also president and founder, House of Prayers Ministries, Lagos, however, said that he was not by any means campaigning for Babangida, adding that the fate of the former military ruler should be left for Nigerians to decide at the polls.