Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday lamented the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was seen as won by the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, saying the cancellation was due to some certain reasons.
Added that 'bad blood' prevented Abiola from taking the chair, as reported by Vanguard Neewspapers;
Obasanjo said the cancellation had stolen Egbaland and Ogun State from the privilege of having three prominent sons who had won the country's number one presidency at various times since independence.
Obasanjo was speaking at the 46th Abeokuta Summit, held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
The elder, speaking on behalf of the former head of the transitional government, ING, Ernest Shonekan, himself (Obasanjo), who first ruled the country as military chief and civilian leader, noted that Abiola would be the third, if not The 1993 election was not canceled.
Obasanjo was honored as the club's Trustee, while MKO Abiola was named as the club's Vice President after his death.
Obasanjo's claim, however, can be verified. Without the June 12 cancellations, Shonekan would not have been appointed as interim president, ING. That would leave Obasanjo and Abiola as heads of state from Ogun State.
The former president, who reminded Abiola that he was a classmate at Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, said Abiola deserved an award from the Abeokuta group.
He said: “At the time of your Abeokuta concert, things in Abeokuta were not as good as they are today. And the people of Abeokuta in Lagos gathered at the house of the late Chief Sobo Sowemimo to think about what they could do to improve the development of Abeokuta as a city. Congratulations to all the founding members, those who have left this world and those who are still here. ”
“I would like to thank the club for this honor bestowed on me and the honor bestowed on my classmate, MKO Abiola, who deserves it.
"His Majesty, the Alake of Egbaland have alluded to him. Normally, if you eat coffee three times, hold the cup. Isn't that so? Had it not been for the bell, Abeokuta would have produced the President of Nigeria three times, if at all, we should have held him permanently.
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