June 12: MKO Abiola’s kinsmen urge NASS to extend president’s tenure by two weeks


June 12: MKO Abiola’s kinsmen urge NASS to extend president’s tenure by two weeks

Kinsmen of the late acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, from Gbagura section of Egbaland, have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to extend the president’s tenure by two weeks.

They explained that the extension became necessary to properly actualise the June 12, 1993, annulment date and immortalise Abiola.

The Agura of Gbagura, Oba Halidu Laloko, stated this while addressing newsmen, on Monday, at his palace.

Oba Laloko represented by the Balogun of Ojoo-Gbagura, Chief Adio Baiyewun, said the declaration by the government was “victory over injustice.”

He added: “We see this as victory of truth over injustice, and as people of Gbagura and Ogun State at large, we are extremely glad that Mr President has finally done what is just and fair with the posthumous award of GCFR on late Abiola and the declaration of June 12 as proper Democracy Day and a Public Holiday in Nigeria.

“We equally applaud the National Assembly led by the Senate for directing the Independent National Electoral Commission to formally declare Chief MKO Abiola winner and as an Ex-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with all his entitlements fully paid.

“We also passionately request the National Assembly to take a second look at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposal on June 12 and demand that, for proper actualisation and immortalization of the date and Abiola, there is need to support Mr President on the need to replace the hitherto Public Holiday of May 29 and Celebration as well as Handover Day with June 12 since the date marks a watershed in the Nigerian political history.”

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