The National Chairman of National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, has on Saturday declared that late Chief Mosood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola, the presumed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election was not officially declared winner of the election and as such can not be addressed as ex-president.
Agoro maintained that for these reasons, it would be wrong And illegal for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare him as ex-president of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Buhari, DAILY POST recalled, during the week announced his plan to declare Abiola as Ex-President and honour him with GCFR, the highest honour in the country.
But, the NAC Presidential aspirant in a statement mailed to DAILY POST on Saturday while reacting to the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the late business mogul as ex-President and honour him with the highest national honour in the land, GCFR, recalled with nostalgia that the June 12th 1993 election “ended inconclusively and with no actual declared winner”, hence it will be wrong for Buhari to declare Abiola as Ex-President of Nigeria.
Agoro said, “The fact and reality of the matter must be faced by all of us, hate it or like it, pure and simple, the June 12 Presidential election ended inconclusively and with no actual declared winner”.
Agoro added that since MKO Abiola was not declared as the winner of the election and not sworn into office as President and Commander-In-Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is illegal for Buhari to declare him as Ex-President.
“M.K.O. Abiola was not officially declared as the winner of the June 12 election and was therefore not officially sworn into office as President and Commander-In-Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The honour done to award him the GCFR title was no doubt in recognition of the highest price MKO Abiola paid by laying down his precious life for the cause of democracy in Nigeria.
“It will therefore be stupid for anybody or group of people to be lured into the game of deceivers aimed at catching the South West peoples’ vote.
Agoro added that, “That the Senate wants MKO Abiola declared as ex-president must be seen an euphoria of the moment”.