How I advised MKO Abiola against declaring himself President – Tony Anenih
Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trusters, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, on Saturday revealed that he advised the late MKO Abiola against declaring himself as President.
Anenih, also known as “Mr Fix” made the revelation in his book, “My life and Nigerian Politics” which was presented at the International Conference centre, ICC, in Abuja.
Anenih was the then National Chairman of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, under the platform which Abiola contested the presidential election that was annulled.
He said, “In a similar but not exactly identical set of circumstances, I had advised Chief MKO Abiola against declaring himself the president of this country when frustration arising from Abacha’s refusal to hand-over to him drove him into the extreme line of thought.
“I spoke to him on telephone pointing out that the army was not there to back him up. He had no police support, and not even the immigration or customs would back him. I advised strongly against his intended line of action. In reply, he merely said, “Mr. Chairman, you are a very good man. Anyway, we will discuss that one later,” and he replaced the phone.
“As I did not want to be blamed later for not advising Chief Abiola correctly, I advertised my advice the following day in some of the daily newspapers. “