By Shedrack Onitsha,
The leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Delta State has described the conferment of the highest national award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), on Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election by President Muhammadu Buhari as commendable and historic.
The party in press statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Moses Kamanya thanked Mr President for the landmark decision in honouring these democracy heroes and giving them their right place in history where the previous governments failed.
He added that the President awards to two other prominent Nigerians, Abiola’s running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, and the late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, with the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger, (GCON) is a proof that the President recognized the sacrifices of these leaders to the attainment of the present democracy.
The party noted that, “the posthumous award bestowed on Chief Abiola and others by the President has set the Nation on path of justice and truth because democracy has been given its right footing.
“The President declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day is a great moment for Nigerians; this decision has corrected the wrong of the past.
“President Buhari has shown once again by this proclamation that he is a Democrat and a believer of justice and truth, this will further bound us together as a nation and heal the wounds created as a result of the annulment.
He, therefore, appealed to all APC fauthfuls in Delta state to remain united, noting that what the party need to upstage the PDP is united front, “to ensure that our destiny short changers and the anti-people government in Delta is sacked.
Kamanya also called on Deltans to remain resolute in their determination to vote out the PDP government in Delta state which has misappropriated the people’s common wealth come 2019.
He reiterated that Delta State remains, “a low hanging fruit for the APC, therefore members should remain united in their pursuit to changing the PDP led government come 2019.”
According to Mr Kamanya, “our party leaders across the three senatorial districts, particularly; Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Dr Ibe Kachukwu, Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Chief Hyacinth Enuha, Engr. Samule Adjogbe, Dr Caro Ojougboh, Rt Hon Victor Ochie, Professor Pat Utomi and a host of others, are working round the clock to reposition the party for victory come 2019,” he added.