Obasanjo Reveals Why June 12 Was Annulled
June 12, 1993 presidential election was annulled out of envy and hatred for Egba people of Abeokuta in Ogun State, according to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo, on Sunday, lamented the cancellation of June 12 1993 presidential election in the country, saying it robbed Egbaland the rare opportunity to have three of its prominent sons occupy the seat of the president at different times.
The election was believed to have been won by late Mashood Abiola before it was annulled by the military administration of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta during the investiture of Obasanjo as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a socio-cultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State.
Obasanjo, Abiola and interim president, Chief Ernest Shonekan, are from Egbaland.
Late Abiola was awarded a posthumous vice patron of the club during its 46th President Party held at the secretariat in Abeokuta.
According to Obasanjo, Abiola deserved the award bestowed on him by the Abeokuta Club.
Obasanjo said “I want to thank the (Abeokuta) club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.
“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle (hatred), Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently”, he joked.
Obasanjo pledged his commitment to the development of the club, Ogun State, Nigeria and the world.
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, while presenting the plague to Obasanjo, described him and Abiola as proud sons of Abeokuta.