As Monday marking the another commemoration of annulment of June 12,
1993 Presidential election, which was generally believed to be won by
the business mogul, Late Bashorun MKO Abiola, a human rights activist
and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social
Justice(CHRSJ),Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman has urged President
Muhammadu Buhari led-Federal Government to recognize the late winner
of the election as former President of the country, maintaining that
Late Abiola, his wife,Kudirat and other martyr laid down their lives
for the enthronement of current democratic experiment in the land.
He also maintained that non-recognition of Chief Abiola since the
enthronement of present democratic experience in May 29,1999, has been
hurting the present political system, insiting that the only solution
to the many political challenges currently facing the nation was to
first give Chief Abiola the rightful place in the country political
history and development, adding that national emolument like
University of Abuja and Eagle Square should be named after the late
winner of June 12,1993 Presidential election.
In a signed statement by Comrade Alimi Sulaiman, to commemorate the
2017 June 12 anniversary, which a copy was made available to newsmen
on Sunday, stated that the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential
election has been the watershed in the democratic development of the
nation, saying that successful government had failed to do the needful
in giving due recognition to the June 12 election and its popular
believed winner, forgetting that without June 12, there could not May
29 in the country.
Comrade Sulaiman urged the present administration of Buhari to make
June 12 as one of national public holidays for the remembrance of the
turning point election that was adjudged as freest and fairest
election ever held in the political history of the land since
independence in October 1st, 1960, commending the States of the
federation that used to declare June 12 as public holiday in their
various State for keeping the ideals and philosophy which the June 12
stand for in the evolution of political history of the country.
The rights activist, who participated in the struggle for the
revalidation of June 12 that lead to the enthronement of current
democracy in Nigeria, insisted that the June 12 should be recognized
as democracy day and not May 29 as presently regarded, cursing those
who conspired with General Ibarahim Badamosi Babangida to annul the
June 12, that they would not know peace of life, noting that no
political leader in the history of the country could match the
sacrifice and democratic legacy left behind by the Chief MOK Abiola in
the anal of democratic progress of the nation .
According to him; “The June 12 1993 President election annulled by the
evil genius and former Head of Military Junta, General Ibrahim
Badamosi Babangida, rtd, would continue to be remained the watershed
in the anal of political history and development of the country
because the winner of the election, Chief MKO Abiola and other martyr
paid supreme sacrifice for the enthronement of current democratic
experience by laying down their precious lives.
“It is a shame that some gullible elements in the country are still
celebrating General Bababgida for selfish political interest. If we
are in sane country, the likes of Babangida and his conspirators then
should have been languishing in jail for the rest of their life by
robbing the masses of the country of their political opinion. ”.
Sulaiman who doubles as Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the
Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) then saluted the courage of the
likes of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi(SAN),late Pa Abraham Adesanya,
late Chief Bola Ige, late Kudirat Abiola, Professor Wole Soyinka,
Barrister Femi Falana, Senator Sheu Sanni and host of other heroes and
heroines of June 12,1993 Presidential election revalidation struggle.
He therefore prayed for the repose of Chief Abiola, his wife, Kudirat
and other heroes and heroines who lost their lives during the struggle
for the revalidation of the annulment of June 12 election.