Tony Nyiam, a chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), has revealed that the late Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, confided in him that he was aware of the lobbying made by Bola Ahmed Tinubu to seek a position in the regime of the late dictator, Sani Abacha.
Nyiam, who was one of the leaders of the failed coup of April 22, 1990, stated in an interview that Tinubu informed the late Abiola of his every discussion and negotiation with the Abacha regime.
The retired lieutenant colonel, who disclosed that he was introduced to Tinubu by Abiola while he (Nyiam) was in exile in the United Kingdom, said he believes that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was loyal to the late business mogul, contrary to the claims made by Kola, the first son of the former Aare Ona Kakanfo.
According to him, Tinubu would not have provided information about all his discussions with the Abacha junta if he had a sinister agenda.
“Going by the commendation and what MKO told me in London when he was negotiating with Abacha. He told me that Tinubu and others were involved in it. And everything Tinubu was doing, he was briefing MKO”, Nyiam told the Punch.
“I believe Tinubu was loyal to MKO because MKO would have said otherwise if he suspected he was not. This time was when Abacha was pretending to be making arrangements for MKO Abiola to reclaim his mandate. They were to share power and MKO would have been president and he would have given some concession to Abacha. The appointment he would make would have been discussed but I certainly know that the commendation MKO gave me on Tinubu controverts what Kola Abiola said recently.”
Nyiam also labelled Babagana Kingibe, the running mate to the late Abiola under the now defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), as the biggest betrayer of the June 12 struggle.
The former military officer said Kingibe’s sudden acceptance of a cabinet appointment in the Abacha regime despite his partner fighting the regime over the truncation of the electoral process was an act of treachery.
Nyiam said: “Babagana Kingibe is the worst betrayer of MKO. I said this because for a man to be your running mate, which means you are on joint ticket, and suddenly moved to the other side. And instead of defending the allegation of treachery against him, Kingibe was busy shifting blame, saying (former President Olusegun) Obasanjo also knew about the annulment of June 12.”