By Simon Ebegbulem
FORMER Chief whip of the Senate, Senator Rowland Owie, has said that the annulment of June 12,1993 presidential election win not affect the chances of the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida, in the 2011 presidential race.
Owie, in an interview in Benin, said millions of Nigerians actually believe that Babangida would unite this nation should he decide to run for the presidency.
Said he: â€œThe annulment of June 12 elections has nothing to do with IBBâ€™s presidency because the matter was beyond IBB. Come to think of it, the first person that annulled election in this country was Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. People may not have known that in 1979, the transition decree had a provision for Electoral College when the presidential election is not finalized. And as the National Assembly was getting ready for the Electoral College between Awolowo and Shehu Shagari, Obasanjo went and removed the clause for the provision of that Electoral College from the decree, within the week that the electoral college was to take place.
â€œThat was the first major annulment of election. People do not remember that. If Obasanjo could become a president for two terms and even tried to go for a third term, what do you talk about a man like IBB who conducted a free and fair election from council election to the presidency, somebody who established two-party system and brought peace to this nation through out his reignâ€.
Owie added, â€œThe truth is that the so-called annulment of June 12 was Karmic law in operation because the word of God says that people reap what they sow. And there is no way you will plant cassava and go and reap yam. Nigerians should ask themselves why did the Maroko land came on board, two weeks or three weeks to the general election for Awolowo to be rubbished using the Concord . Nigerians must ask why there was a coup in 1983 after the late MKO Abiola lost out at the Kano NPN national convention where he wanted to be national chairman and where Umaru Dikko said the national chairman of the NPN is not for sale.
â€œPeople should find out who spearheaded the disqualification of the major contenders in the presidential election then, Yarâ€™Adua, Adamu Ciroma and others. It was the disqualification of these people that enabled Abiola to emerge as the candidate of the SDP. If Yarâ€™Adua was not disqualified, there is no way Abiola would have emerged as the candidate of the SDP. So, if at all the annulment happened, it is not the doing of IBB, it is a Karmic law in action.â€