The hullaballoo over declaration of Chief MKO Abiola as the winner of the 1993 Presidential Election rages on. Not left out in expressing his opinion is the controversial governor of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose, who recently asked President Muhammadu Buhari to go all the way by declaring the results of the June 12, 1993 elections and name the late Moshood Olawale Abiola as former President of Nigeria. JOHN SILAS writes.
Foyose said the declaration of the result and naming of Abiola as of president has become necessary having won the cancelled 1993 elections.
“Mr Abiola is acclaimed to have won the 1993 presidential election famed as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history but which was annulled by the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida before the result was officially declared. Buhari should declare the late politician as President because only a president merited the honour of a GCFR. The honour done to Late Moshood Olawale Abiola (MKO) by President Mohammadu Buhari is a welcome development,” he said.
“We thank the President, even though we know it is for political reasons, we see it as a step in the right direction. Having realised that they goofed, they have come out to right the wrong. Besides, you can’t keep such title of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) without being the President of Nigeria, therefore the President should be courageous enough by declaring the results of the election and declare Abiola the winner of the June 12 poll.
“This is a lesson that what you do today will be reference point for others tomorrow.
“We condemn the annulment of the June12 Presidential poll results, brutality of Nigerians who protested against it, election rigging, brute force and manipulations during elections.
“MKO Abiola is worthy to be honoured and we in Ekiti honoured him with a public holiday on June 12, 2017, we will do it again this year,” he twittered.
“However, the greatest honour anyone can bestow on MKO Abiola is total respect for the rule of law and conduct of free, fair and credible elections.”
But the All Progressives Congress in the state has alleged that the governor had threatened to punish Ekiti people who observe June 12 as Democracy Day.
“Let Fayose know and understand that instigating Ekiti people to disobey the President’s lawful public declaration as granted by the Constitution and his threat to punish Ekiti people who observe June 12 as Democracy Day is not only an affront to the authority of the President of Nigeria that he swore to uphold, but also a treasonable and seditious conduct over which he should be ready to face the law after losing his immunity,” Taiwo Olatunbosun, spokesperson for the party, said.
“APC members and all progressives will roll out the drums on June 12 in our characteristic manner to celebrate all the heroes and heroines of democracy in our land, either dead or alive,”
The President also honoured Mr Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe; and late human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehimi, with the second highest national honours of the Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON).