Mr. Kola Abiola, the first son of the late June 12 election icon, Chief MKO Abiola, has revealed that he made 3 attempts to make former President Goodluck Jonathan bestow the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic title on his late father.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Mr. Kola said he first approached the former Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), to honour his father during the Centenary celebration in January 2014 but a gold award was given to the deceased, which was rejected by the family.
In his second attempt, Mr. Kola explained that he wrote a letter to Jonathan through Pastor Tunde Bakare, during the build-up to the 2015 elections but nothing was done. He further explained that even after Jonathan had lost and was preparing to leave office, he made another attempt to get him to honour MKO but it failed again.
Mr. Kola said: “Towards the election, I approached them again, this time in writing, and solicited the help of Pastor Bakare and told them that even if it was for selfish political reasons, this was something you could do to help your chances of winning elections. I really didn’t mind how he got it done. But we couldn’t get President Jonathan to get it done so we left that. After he lost the election, I approached him a second time also through the same Pastor Bakare to try to get him to do this as a legacy of his Presidency, something that Nigerians would never forget about him. Last minute, we couldn’t get it to happen.”
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