- Bola Kougbe
Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President of Nigeria, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos State governor and All Progressives Congress national leader, have described the June 12, 1993 elections as a part of Nigeria’s history that cannot be forgotten. In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, on Sunday, Atiku described the late MKO Abiola as a “hero and patriot” deserving of accolades and honour by Nigerians. He noted that the events of June 12 remained a watershed in the history of the nation. Tinubu in a statement said that without the activities that took place on June 12, 1993, “there would most probably be no 4th Republic today and we would still be groaning under military dictatorship.” He also described the late politician, as an embodiment of “the eternal Yoruba adage, which says that death is better with honour than life without dignity.” “The annulment was a bitter pill to swallow, especially for the millions of people who expended so much time, energy and material resources to help ensure victory for Chief MKO Abiola. The late MKO selflessly committed so much of his substantial fortune towards ensuring his victory at the polls. In doing this, he was not motivated by personal, selfish or pecuniary considerations. “Twenty-four years after its annulment, the spirit of June 12 lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of Nigerians,” Tinubu said.