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JUNE 12: Declare Abiola ex-President, family urges FG

BY DAUD  OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA- Members of the immediate family of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, yesterday, insisted that the best way to immortalize  their  late bread winner who died in the cause of claiming his mandate  is for him to be  declared an ex- president of Nigeria.

Also, the National President of the Campaign for Democracy, Mrs. Joe Okei-Odumakin,  has advocated a  post-humous declaration of  Abiola as an ex-president of Nigeria.

Head  of  Abiola family and a   younger  brother   to the late politician, Alhaji Mubashiru Abiola,  stated this  at their family house in Abeokuta  when some officials of   Ogun  State Government led by Governor Ibikunle Amosun and a  campaign train of civil society groups visited them  as part of activities marking the 19th anniversary of the annulment of the election.

While describing  his late brother as  the ‘sacrificial lamb’ for democracy in Nigeria’ Abiola lamented that, the family had been neglected, noting that the only thing that could make the soul of the deceased rest in peace is for the Federal Government to declare him as an ex- President   of the country.

He  said: “The renaming of   University of Lagos after  MKO  is  not enough as a winner of the  election, he  deserves more than that considering his contribution  for the democracy to thrive in Nigeria.

“The family members have been living in penury since the demise of our  bread winner, the Federal Government has never extended  any hand of assistance to  us  since then except the Ogun state Government”.

Addressing the family members of the late politician, Governor Ibikunle Amosun said Abiola was the man who represented all that is being enjoyed today as democracy, stressing that Abiola laid down his life for peace and tranquility in Nigeria.

Amosun, who later addressed people at MKO Abiola Stadium hinted that, the Government might declare a public holiday on his birthday to create more consciousness  for his contribution saying,  if Abiola had failed to do what he had done, there would  not  be  democracy as all Nigerians not minding their political affiliations with one voice and through their votes elected a leader in the late Abiola.


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