June 12: More condemnation trail Nwosu’s exclusio

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More notable Nigerians have added their voices in condemning Federal Government’s decision to exclude Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC), Professor Humphrey Nwosu who conducted the June 12 Presidential elections, from the recent national honours awarded to the presumed winner of election, his running mate and other key activists. President Mohammadu Buhari had recently pronounced June 12 as the national democracy day, while he awarded late Chief MKO Abiola posthumously, the GCFR, the highest honour of the land. His running mate as Vice President, Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe,…

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Echoes of restructuring, justice at June 12 celebrations

Echoes of restructuring, justice at June 12 celebrations

This year’s June 12 celebrations in some parts of Nigeria, especially in Lagos State, was an opportunity for activists and civil societies to renew the agitation for restructuring of Nigeria as well as demand for justice, TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   Last week Tuesday was a unique day in Nigeria as politicians, members of civil society organisations and ethnic nationalities in different parts of the country gathered in different locations to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.   The celebrations organised by several states and groups…

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June 12: Buhari did the unthinkable – Gani Adams

President Muhammadu Buhari did the unthinkable by honouring the martyr of democracy, the late MKO Abiola, with the most prestigious national honour (GCFR), the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Gani Adams, has said. Adams made the assertion at the 25th anniversary of June 12. 1993, Presidential Election organised by the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Lagos State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that OPC organised the event in collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council. The anniversary had the theme: “Nigerian Politics and…

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Those behind June 12 annulment will soon be known – Kalu

…as OPC honours ex-gov, 20 others   Former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that the coming years would reveal the real personalities behind the annulment of June 12, 1993 election, adding that the story as it is being told is not complete yet. Speaking yesterday in Lagos at the 25th anniversary of June 12 election organised by Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in conjunction with the Lagos State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), the former governor said President Muhammadu Buhari’s recognition and honour…

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PHOTOS: Ambode unveils 46-feet statue of M.K.O Abiola in Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday unveiled a 46-feet statue of Nigeria’s symbol of democracy and adjudged winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, Bashorun Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO), expressing optimism that the monument will forever crystallize what he stood for in his lifetime. Governor Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling of the statue at the MKO Abiola Garden in Alapere, Ketu said it was in the tradition of the State Government to recognise and remember heroes and heroines who contributed to the greatness of the…

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June 12: Stop displaying loyalty to Abacha, Soyinka tells Buhari

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop admiring and displaying loyalty to an unnamed individual whom he referred to late MKO Abiola’s “Tormentor-in-Chief.” Some are of the opinion that he had referred to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, who clamped the business mogul to jail for about five years. Abiola died in prison. Although Soyinka did not mention Abacha’s name specifically, the Nobel laureate said it was confusing for Buhari to honour Chief Moshood Abiola on the one hand, and be admiring the late…

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LIVE VIDEO: (JUNE 12) Special National Honours Investiture

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The special national honours investiture is currently holding at the Presidential Villa. Those to be honoured include Moshood Abiola, the resume winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election; Babagana Kingibe, the running mate to late MKO; Gani Fawehinmi (SAN); amongst others. Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has demanded detail report of the last moments of Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993. Also, kinsmen of the late Chief MKO Abiola have asked the Federal Government to shift Nigeria’s handover date from the usual May…

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25 years after June 12… Abiola’s kinsmen demand shift in handover date to June 12

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Kinsmen of the late Chief MKO Abiola have asked the Federal Government to shift Nigeria’s handover date from the usual May 29 to June 12 for his (Abiola) proper immortalization. They said Abiola, whose victory at the June 12, 1993 presidential election was annulled, sacrificed his life for the nation’s democracy and ought to be duly honoured. President Muhammadu Buhari had, last week, conferred a posthumous award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on late Abiola and declared June 12 as the nation’s Democracy Day instead of May…

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Humphrey Nwosu: June 12 declaration, an honour done to NEC

Afe Babalola hails Buhari, urges Nigeria’s restructuring The Chairman of the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC), Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, has described the declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day as an honour done to him and other committed members of the electoral body. Nwosu, who regretted that he would not be able to join dignitaries at today’s event as the Federal Government honours the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, to receive the award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), thanked…

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June 12: The key actors, their respective roles

It is 25 years after what was considered as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria was annulled. Felix Nwaneri and Wale Elegbede profile the key actors in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, as well as those who fought for the poll’s revalidation     Ibrahim Babangida The then Military President eclipsed his eight-year reign(1985-1993) with the annulment of the June 12 presidential election. He had after four years in power (1989) came up with the idea of two political parties – Social Democratic Party (SDP)…

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