Action Peoples Party [APP] has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “hijacking” its idea surrounding the June 12 imbroglio as enshrined in its ideologies.
National Chairman of APP, Barr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere disclosed this in a statement he personally issued in the wake of the declaration of June 12 as the Democracy Day by President Buhari.
He said that “The Action Peoples Party is shocked to see that the President Buhari-led Federal Government has now graduated to hijacking ideas of true democrats without giving due credit in a desperate bid to secure lost South West and pro-democracy block votes.”
He noted that few months ago, APP launched its “Party’s healing and national reconciliation agenda which includes the ceremonial declaration of Abiola the winner of the June 12 election.”
The party also pledged “the enactment of a legislation called the June 12 Act which will declare June 12 of every year as our National Democracy Day”.
The statement continues:
“We presented the draft bill to the public on live television to express our readiness to heal the wounds of the past and honour our fallen democratic Hero.
“APP is in awe that a president who has not done a single creative thing since his election in 2015 would in his desperation to woo South West and pro-democracy votes attempt to hijack a well thought out initiative of the APP without giving credit to the initiators of the idea.
“Let it be known that the announcement of June 12 as democracy day celebration by Buhari, a former employee and ardent believer in Abacha, whose illegal imprisonment of Abiola led to his final death is a desecration and mockery of the June 12 struggle.
“To see Buhari pretend to be on the side of June 12 because of his desperation to garner lost goodwill from South West and pro-democracy block is a joke taken too far when the same president few weeks ago was seen praising the former dictator Abacha whose regime denied Nigeria the chance to have an Abiola presidency.
“To honour Abiola when Mr. president was a staff of Abacha and supported the suppressive Abacha regime without speaking out is ridiculousness of the highest order,” the statement concluded.