As Nigerians on Mondayremembered the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election in which Chief MKO Abiola was presumed the winner, the Anambra State chairman of the Civil Liberties
Organization, CLO, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, demanded that Abiola should be post humously honoured as President-elect.
Addressing newsmen at Ogidi, Odemili North council headquarters, he regretted that his victory was snatched from him because of injustice and corruption among leaders in this country.
He stated that, “there are no difference between his election and those of ex-presidents, Shehu Shagari, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yar’ Adua, Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari that were elected through democratic process”.
The CLO boss demanded also for an unreserved apology to the family of the deceased Abiola from those involved in the annulment.
“Those responsible for the annulment should tender an unreserved apology to the family for the injustice they did.
You will recall that on July 10 2003, a sitting Governor, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, was abducted by a god-father and his cohorts in the state and those who committed the atrocity today walk freely in the streets”
“The only good thing we had from the abduction is that it ended the issue of political god-fatherism in the state and beyond.
Few weeks after, the properties of the state both in Awka and Onitsha were set ablaze by the same people who abducted him and nothing was done to them for perpetrating the act.”
“Another sitting governor, Mr Peter Obi, had his mandate allegedly stolen but the court restored it .
Prior to the restoration, rights groups and activists that included Comrade Emeka Umeagbaiasi, as the state chairman of CLO then, among others fought tirelessly to ensure such stolen mandate was restored”
“So, it is only when the presumed winner, late Abiola, is humously honoured as president-elect that the hearts of Nigerians would be rekindled and then we can easily forgive but we will not forget” he posited.
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