By: RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in collaboration with the Oodua People Congress (OPC), is to hold a symposium to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of June 12, 1993 Presidential election.
The event, with the theme ” Nigetian Politics And Democratic Process, MKO Abiola And June 12, 1993 Cries And Beyond”, scheduled to take place at Excellence Hotel, Ogba Ikeja on Tuesday June 12, 2018, will be chaired by Senator Sheu Sani, while Dr. Derin Ologbenla of the Department of Political Science. University of Lagos is the guest speaker.
In a statement issued and signed by its Chairman, Dr. Qasim Akinreti and the Secretary, Comrade Alfred Odifa, the Council described the acclaimed winner of the 1993 Presidential election as “Martyr of our Democracy”
According to the statement, the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Bashorun Abiola and annulled by the Military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida marked the watershed in Nigeria’s quest for sustainable democracy.
” The victory, delivered by Nigerians across geopolitical and ethno-religious lines undoubtedly remains the most popular will in the Nation’s democratic history.
The Council salutes the courage and resilience of those who suffered intimidations and persecutions in defence of popular will on June12, 1993″, it stated.
The statement further applauded the recognition given to the winner of the annulled election, late Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola and others by President Muhammadu Buhari.
This, according to the Union is a major step towards redressing the injustice done to the late politician and Nigerians.
The Union therefore backed the call by the National Assembly for the official release of result of the poll and urged the Presidency to recognise Abiola as former Nigerian President.