A traditional ruler from Ogun State and kinsmen of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential Election, Moshood Abiola, have asked the Federal Government to shift handover date from the usual May 29 to June 12.
Abiola’s kinsmen in Gbagura through the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Halidu Olaloko, the Sobekun II and Gbagura Council of Chiefs explained that the shift in the President’s tenure and handover date by two weeks became necessary to properly actualise the June 12, 1993 annulment date and immortalize Abiola.
Addressing a press conference at Agura Palace,Olaloko lauded Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria for the steps taken so far, saying there is need to extend the President’s handover date from May 29 to June 12, starting from 2019 for proper immortalization of Abiola.
The Agura of Gbagura, who was represented by Adio Baiyewun, Balogun of Ojoo-Gbagura, said: “We also passionately request the National Assembly to take a second look at the President proposal on June 12 and demand that, for proper actualisation of the date, and to support 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.
“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 applause the National Assembly for directing the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to formally announce the results of June 12, 1993 election, declare Chief MKO Abiola winner and as an ex-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with all his entitlement fully paid.”