Democracy Day: June 12 (Remembering MKO Abiola )

Tuesday, June 12, 2012Omobaswagz H


Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (August 24, 1937 – July 7, 1998), often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, was a popular Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Egba clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is widely regarded as the presumed winner of the inconclusive election since no official final results were announced. He died in 1998, after being denied victory when the entire election results were annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of alleged evidence that they were corrupt and unfair.
MKO Abiola was known for his charisma and for being a man of the people. This is what the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere, said about him:
He remains the martyr of our democracy. June 12 is the purveyor of Nigeria’s democracy and Abiola symbolises the historic watershed in our modern democratic process.”
Photo Credit: Omololu Olumide.

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