Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa state, has said that the military annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, because the country owed him N45 billion.
Lamido, in an interview with Punch, said the military had said if he was allowed to become president, he would pay back the money to himself which could cripple the country’s economy. He said Abiola had made the claim after the death of Murtala Muhammed,a former Head of State. He said the money was said to have been spent on projects executed by International Telephone and Telecommunications for the Ministry of Communications.
He also revealed that Abiola had pleaded with some northern Emirs to ensure he was paid, it was all to no avail.
Lamido went on to say if he becomes President, he would strip Babagana Kingibe of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, conferred on him. He said he was the first to betray Abiola during the annulment of the election.
He revealed that Kingibe had accepted to serve as minister under the military and was spared.
“I will go into the archive and bring out the genuine results and if Abiola is the winner, I will call INEC to announce the results and I will then go through the process and make sure we pay the N45bn he was owed because to me that was the main reason behind the annulment of June 12,” he said.
“After that, I will strip Kingibe of the honour. I will withdraw it, because there is nothing like honour there. He was the first to betray June 12. He was the vice president-elect, but he followed his kinsmen, Abacha to undermine June 12.
“When Abiola was picked up, did they pick Kingibe? He was not picked because he was willing to trade it off, and that was why he was made a minister. After withdrawing Kingibe’s title, we will then find a better way to honour Abiola properly because the title giving him posthumously is only given to someone that has been sworn in.”
Lamido, who is seeking the office of the President in the 2019 election, was then National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party, SDP.