By Samuel Ogidan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied endorsing any of its aspirants for the 2019 presidential race.
the PDP National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), emphasised on Monday that the party had not endorsed any candidate for the election.
Reacting to a publication that one of the party’s presidential aspirants had been endorsed by key leaders of the party, Akobundu in a statement, reminded Nigerians that the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) had repeatedly made it clear that all party congresses would be free, fair, transparent and open.
Akobundu maintained that the PDP has no room for impunity and imposition of candidates.
The party has also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of midwifing the circumstances which led to the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola’s travails.
While lambasting the Presidency for politicising the posthumous national award on Abiola, the PDP alleged that Buhari overtly betrayed his political inclination in the article published by the Presidency, which relegated the virtues of Abiola and dwelt on praise-singing of the President.
The party noted that the Presidency, in the article, relied on false performance indices and insinuations, ostensibly aimed to set up perceived political opponents of the current administration as Abiola’s traducers.
“This publication also confirmed fears that President Buhari desperately seeks to use Chief Abiola’s revered name and person to draw political capital ahead of 2019 general elections,” the PDP said.
On how the actions of the President led to the travail of Abiola, the PDP said in a statement on Monday that, “If there is any person to blame for Chief Abiola’s travails, should it not be President Buhari who, on December 31, 1983, staged a military coup that destroyed democratic governance, locked up politicians without trial and set the stage for the deferment of democratic governance, which Chief Abiola paid the supreme sacrifice to restore?
“The Presidency, by asserting that detention without trial, even under the military was wrong has directly indicted President Buhari, who, in 1984 clamped politicians into detention without trial; an injustice he recently boasted about.”