Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election. An election presumed by most to have been won by Abiola, and largely acclaimed as Nigeria’s most free and fair election yet.
A keenly contested election that saw Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, popularly known as “MKO” of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) poll more votes against his opponent of the National Republican Convention, Alhaji Bashir Tofa.
MKO was largely presumed to have won the June 12 presidential polls and was declared winner by the chief electoral officer at the time of the poll, Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, in June 2008. This was ten years after Abiola had passed on and 15 years after the elections he contested had been annulled.
Family of Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of that historic election, on Sunday called on the federal government to declare him winner and pay presidential entitlements due to him.
Abiola’s Family Demand Presidential Entitlements
Speaking on behalf of the family, head of the Abiola family and younger brother to the late MKO, Muritala Abiola, made the demand during a democracy day walk organized by the Ogun state government in commemoration of the June 12 election.
The walk started from the 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Oke Ido ancestral home of the MKO family.
Muritala Abiola said;
“First, we want the federal government to declare June 12 as democracy day. It should do even more than that,” he said.
“Ken Saro Wiwa died fighting over Ogoni oil spillage, the federal government is doing the cleaning up of the oil spillage in Ogoni land.”
“MKO was killed because of an election he won maybe it is you journalists or the Nigerian government calling him acclaimed winner.”
“He is not acclaimed winner, they should confirm him as slain president of Nigeria. MKO should be declared president. Although slain, all the entitlements belong to the family.”