The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said it is evil for anyone to place the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, in the same democratic league with the late Moshood Abiola or ex-Vice President, Alex Ekwueme.
The group said this in a statement signed and issued by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Casiddy Madueke in Abuja on Sunday.
It said the comparison that Atiku media handlers are trying to sell to Nigerians was totally off the mark because facts on the ground do not support the position they made in response to Federal Government’s allusion to Atiku as a threat to the nation’s democracy.
BMO said this was just another attempt to rewrite history in order to paint Atiku in good light.
The statement reads, “It is laughable that Atiku media handlers could attempt to configure a not-too-recent history by passing off Atiku Abubakar, not only as a Democrat but to also compare him with more distinguished Nigerians like Moshood Abiola and Alex Ekwueme both of blessed memory.
“We know they have a job to do and we don’t envy them at all. Anyone that is saddled with the task of painting a good picture of a serially tainted politician would throw words around and hope that no one would notice the fallacies.
“Atiku’s political antecedents cannot be associated with that of a Democrat. Here is a man that is willing to move and has actually moved three times between two different ruling parties and the opposition after failing to have his way.
“None of the people his media men have name-checked in their recent statement has had to change parties to satisfy a selfish desire. Both men were known to have suffered perceived injustices in their political journey, but like true democrats, they stayed back to help build their respective political parties.
“Atiku is a dangerously desperate politician that is known to have threatened violence at a forum in Abuja, shortly after he lost the PDP Presidential ticket in a bitter contest to the then President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2011 election.
“Before then, there was an unprecedented intra-party acrimony that was so characterised by mudslinging that the then opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had to issue a statement calling for peace in the ranks of the ruling PDP.
“These facts are very much in the public domain, so it is preposterous that the Atiku camp is seeking to feed Nigerians with a red herring,” the group said.
BMO also wondered why the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar and his media handlers would seek to rubbish history with false narratives on the actual role he played in the dying days of military rule.
“His media aides want Nigerians to believe that he joined forces with MKO Abiola and Ekwueme to fight the then Abacha dictatorship, but nothing could be farther from the truth.