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Tinubu Wanted To Be In Abacha’s Govt Despite Fighting For June 12, Says Abiola’s Son

Kola, the first son of the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, has revealed that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), wanted to have a role in the government of the late General Sani Abacha, despite claiming to be fighting for the actualisation of the June 12, 1993, presidential election mandate.

Kola made the disclosure in an interview while speaking on the activities that formed the nucleus of the June 12 struggle as led by his late father.

According to the late business mogul’s son, Tinubu and his father were “close enough” in terms of their relationship but the former desperately hatched a plot to serve in the late Abacha’s regime.

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Kola stated that Tinubu only became a member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) after he failed to get a slot in the regime of the late dictator.

“Yes. I am sure you have seen pictures of him and my dad. He was hoping that there would be civilian administrators like we had under IBB but Abacha said no, that he was going to have military administrators. So he (Tinubu) said okay, in that case, can I be a deputy administrator? But Abacha said that there wouldn’t be deputies. Then he wanted the post of a commissioner,” Kola Abiola told The Sun.

“Then it was a choice between him and someone very close to Jakande who has passed on now. I can’t remember his name, but because Babagana was already in the government, that guy was picked as commissioner. But really, Senator Tinubu had lost out already.

“So once he lost out, automatically, he became a NADECO member and Adeniyi (Adele) was incarcerated.”

Kola stated that he would soon unveil a documentary on the June 12 struggle, which would detail Tinubu’s take on issues. 

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