- Senator Shehu Sani said Yar'Adua told Abiola to pick Atiku as vice president
- The former lawmaker said Abiola, however, rejected the recommendation and picked Kingibe
A former lawmaker from Kaduna state, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that Atiku Abubakar was recommended to the late Moshood Abiola to pick as vice presidential candidate but he rejected it.
In a post on his social media page, the former lawmaker claimed this information was given to him by the late Shehu Yar’Adua when they were in Kirikiri Maximum prison in 1995.
Sani said Abioa refused the recommendation of Atiku to be his running mate and instead chose Babangana Kingibe.
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Abiola’s presidential ambition was cut short after the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida administration annulled the election which has been adjudged the freest and fairest in the country’s history.
He wrote: “While we were in KiriKiri Prisons in 1995,the great late Shehu Yar’adua told me that he recommended to Abiola to take Atiku as his vice president but Abiola took Kingibe.”
Meanwhile, former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has come under fire from elder statesmen in the country for not recognising the struggle of Late Chief Moshood Abiola and honouring him with June 12.
Senator Ayo Fasanmi who is a chieftain of the Afenifere said Obasanjo was not the leader of the Yoruba people or the messiah of Nigerians.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing what Obasanjo failed to do.
He said: “Is Obasanjo the messiah now? He is not the messiah we are looking up to. As far as I am concerned, Obasanjo has become a spent force. He wants to be recognised as the one directing the affairs of the nation at every stage from the time he was military Head of State, civilian president, through the late President Umaru Yar’Adua time to former President Goodluck Jonathan’s period. He has the feeling that he knows it all."
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