Tuesday, 13 June 2017

So Emotional: June 12 Drama and Chief MKO Abiola in Pictures

The June 12 political events of the year 1993 will never be forgotten in the history of Nigeria where Nigerians unified to vote for a candidate regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious ties.
MKO Abiola casting his vote in 1993
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR (24 August 1937 – 7 July 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan.
He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced.

Throwback photo of MKO Abiola
He died in 1998, after being denied victory when the entire election results were dubiously annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of alleged evidence that they were corrupt and unfair.
Majority of states in the South-western part of Nigeria where he hailed from are currently observing a public holiday today - June 12 to honour his demise which was politically masterminded.
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