Obasanjo: IBB Annulled June 12 Election Out Of ‘Bad Belle’

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo says the June 12, 1993 presidential election presumably won by MKO Abiola was annulled because of “bad belle”.

Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), former military ruler, issued the proclamation that officially nullified the election adjudged to be one of the most credible poll Nigeria has ever had.

Abiola, the Social Democratic Party candidate, was leading Bashir Tofa, his National Republican Convention rival, by a wide margin but the exercise was stopped ahead of the final announcement of results.

The annulment of the election threw the country into chaos as protesters hit the streets, calling on Babangida to step down.

Abiola was later arrested by the regime of Abacha and he died in detention.

Speaking yesterday after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun state, Obasanjo lamented the annulment, saying it was done out of “bad belle,” a pidgin word for jealousy.

Abiola was also awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the Club.

Obasanjo said the cancellation of June 12 election results denied the people of Egbaland the privilege of having three of its sons occupy the seat of president.

Seemingly referring to Ernest Shonekan, former head of Interim National Government(ING), himself who ruled as military head of state and later as civilian president, Obasanjo added that Abiola would have become the third, if the 1993 election was not annulled.



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