- The former secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Ayo Opadokun has said that late M.KO Abiola was betrayed by some Yoruba elders
- He said these elder tapped proceeding of meeting and sent to the Presidential Villa
- Opadokun said some of these people have also died
The former secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Ayo Opadokun accused some Yoruba elders of betraying the winner of the 1993 presidential election Moshood Abiola.
Opadokun in a interview with Vanguard said a few Yoruba elders played leading role in the betrayal of Abiola.
Although he did not mention names, Opadokun said, some of these were trusted by the NADECO members.
He said these elders tapped proceedings of meetings held at their home and sent to the Presidential Villa.
"If you are talking about Yoruba people, I do not know any serious-minded person that you can call a Yoruba leader of a sort who betrayed the late Abiola but there are quite a number of so-called Yoruba, who are elders who betrayed him.
Some of them even went beyond the ordinary call of duty. We trusted them and held meetings in their homes and they taped the recordings of our meetings and went to Aso Rock.," Opadokun said.
While stating that some of the elders were now dead, Opadokun said the younger ones who joined in the betrayal of Abiola have also not ended well.
"I know at least about three or four of them that are dead now. After betraying us, they pretended to be part of us, we assigned them duties. During the course of activities, they betrayed us and got something from the system. But what they got didn’t last long.
After making the blood money they made, some of them perished. I am fortified by the very profound advice by Chief Awolowo in his dying days that ‘in any given situation when you have a choice to make between protecting your personal interests and protecting the community interest, you should always prefer to protect the community interests’," he said.
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He added that the late Awolowo also advised him to continue to protect the interest of the community in order not to loose on his personal interest.
"He told me quite frankly, I believe it and I found it to be so that if you protect the community interests, in most cases, your own personal interests will be protected. But if you protect your personal interest over the community interests, most likely, you will lose your personal interest," he said.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported how former minister Femi Fani-Kayode had revealed that Abiola was poisoned with an Abuja tea by the former United States of America's national security adviser Susan Rice.
Fani-Kayode said Abiola was a martyr who paid an ultimate sacrifice for Nigeria by preserving its democracy.
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