Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Remembering June 12 and M.K.O Abiola

Exactly twenty years ago today on June 12, 1993, Nigerians from all parts of the country kept aside religious and ethnic differences and came out in their millions to vote for the now late Chief Moshood K. Abiola the then presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) into the office of president. He was victorious, defeating co-contestant in that election, Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC). The result of that election was annulled by the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida just before the then electoral agency had the chance to give final election results and declare Abiola duly elected as president. The vote count, at the time the poll was aborted, indicated victory for Abiola. The June 12 election since then became a marker in Nigeria’s electoral history as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria.

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