Browsing: June 12

The family’s secretary, Rahaman Abiola, made this known in an interview with journalists when a delegation of the Ogun State government, led by the Deputy Governor,  Noimot Salako-Oyedele, visited the Abeokuta family house of the late Abiola to celebrate the June 12 democracy day.

Today is June 12, the anniversary of the 1993 presidential election in Nigeria’s Third Republic. The election was the outcome of General Ibrahim Babangida’s transitional process to civilian rule. Though the result of the election indicated a victory for Moshood Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), it was unofficial as it was not declared by the National Electoral Commission.

“I join millions of our compatriots, especially Mr President, to celebrate our Democracy Day. My profound respects go to all the heroes and heroines of our democracy, dead or alive, who paid huge sacrifices for their democratic beliefs,” the Governor said in a statement commemorating the 2020 Democracy Day.

The sad event truly changed the narrative of Nigeria’s political landscape, culminating in the crisis that led to the death of many innocent people in the country. The struggle for the actualisation of the June 12 election became a sort of worry for some people, paving the way for today’s democracy.

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, on Wednesday said ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the architects of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.