The Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the results of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election.
The lawmakers made the demand on Thursday during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The request comes a day after Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria declared June 12 to replace May 29 as Democracy Day, in honour of late MKO Abiola – the presumed winner of the election.
President Buhari had explained that June 12 was more symbolic than May 29 and also conferred a posthumous GCFR title on the late businessman.
The lawmaker representing Ogun Central District, Lanre Tejuosho, cited Order 43, and congratulated President Buhari for a remarkable event that took place on Wednesday declaring June 12th as Democracy day.
While noting that this shows a spirit of reconciliation, he said there should be a reconciliation between the Executives and the Legislative arm of Government.
Ekiti lawmaker, Biodun Olujimi , who also lauded Buhari for his courage requested that he should endeavor that INEC announces the result of the election held on June 12th and declare Abiola as the winner as his family is “still in existence and every right a President enjoys should be given to his family and the then Vice President, Baba Gana Kingibe should also enjoy all benefits as the Vice President.”
In his contribution, The Senate Deputy President, noted that the Constitution needs to be amended if June 12th is declared as Democracy day.
Ruling on the matter, the Senate President said : “We recognize the fact that the recognition of MKO Abiola and his contributions have been long overdue. We must recognize this good intention.There might be imperfections in how it was implemented, but let us take the good intention behind all of this.”
”I am sure that all of us, in one way or the other, have had the opportunity to interact with the man and we felt that the country has not given him and his family the recognition that they truly deserve. Let us leave it that MKO Abiola represented all of us.”
The Senate therefore resolved to announce the results of the elections, ensure that all allowances and entitlements to the families of M.K.O Abiola and Baba Gana Kingibe be made available to them; declare June 12 a public holiday and 29th May should remain the day for the inauguration of newly elected officers (President and all Government officials).