BOMBSHELL! 27 Years After, Ex-President Obasanjo Finally Reveals Exact Reason For Annulment Of June 12 Election
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian President, has blamed annulment of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election believed to have been won by late business mogul, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, on “bad belle.”
The regime of military President Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) annulled the election.
Speaking on Sunday shortly after his investiture as a Trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State, Obasanjo expressed regrets over the cancellation election, lamenting its effect on the people of Abeokuta.
MKO Abiola was equally awarded a posthumous Vice-Patron of the Club during its 46th President Party held at the secretariat in Abeokuta.
The former President who recalled that Abiola was his school mate at Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, said he richly deserved the award bestowed on him by Abeokuta Club.
Obasanjo said the cancellation of June 12 election robbed the Egbaland the rare opportunity to have three of its prominent sons, occupy the seat of president, at different times.
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Apparently referring to former Head of Interim National Government(ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, himself who ruled Nigeria, first, as a military Head of States and later two-time civilian president, Obasanjo noted that Abiola would have become the third, if 1993 poll was not cancelled.
Obasanjo said “I want to thank the (Abeokuta) club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my schoolmate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.
“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle (hatred), Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.
“But be that as it may, we have a great heritage and we should be proud of our heritage.”
Obasanjo, however, pledged his commitment to the development to the Club, Ogun state, Nigeria and the world.
“I want to say this, I will continue to contribute my quota to the development and growth of this club and by extension, the development and growth of Abeokuta, of Ogun State, of Nigeria, of African and indeed the of world in whichever way I could,” he said.
Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo while presenting the plague to Obasanjo, described Obasanjo and MKO Abiola as proud sons of Abeokuta, adding that some “bad blood” didn’t allow Abiola become President.
N7.1 BILLION FRAUD: I’m Not Ashamed Of Being An Ex-Prisoner, Even Obasanjo Went To Prison – Senator Kalu
Meanwhile, Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, has stated that he is not ashamed to be an ex-prisioner following his recent six months stint in jail.
Kalu spoke at the campaign rally of Mascot Uzor Kalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Aba north/south constituency in the house of representatives.
The senator was responding to comments credited to Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia governor, and Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senate minority leader.
They reportedly said Kalu had not recovered from his prison experience after he asserted that roads in Abia were either funded by the federal government or Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
But the former Abia governor said God allowed him to be imprisoned because “it is part of my life script”.
“This is 10pm and I am here with you, can the Governor or Abaribe come here? That is why in leadership, you have to be with the people you are leading,” Kalu said at the event held Monday night.
“But they don’t understand this simple technique, all the projects they claim to be doing are all on radio, nothing on the ground. Joseph went to prison, even Obasanjo went to prison.
“My going to prison is part of my life script and I am thankful God allowed it.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned Kalu and Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account in Abia, for alleged N7.1 billion fraud.
While the former governor bagged 12 years imprisonment in December 2019, Udeogu was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The supreme court had on May 8, 2020, voided the trial and ordered a retrial after an appeal was filed by Udeogu.
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