As Nigerians mark the 21st anniversary of June 12, 1993 presidential election, in which late Chief MKO Abiola was declared the winner, the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator ‘Gbenga Ashafa, has joined the rest of Nigerians to remember the day as the true Democracy day in Nigerian history.
According to a statement released at his constituency office, ketu, Lagos, Ashafa said that the significant contributions of Late MKO Abiola to the enthronement of democracy in the country can not be gainsaid.
His words: ?what we are celebrating is the election held on 12th June, 1993 in which Nigerians put aside their religious and tribal differences with the goal of electing a president under the supposed handing over agenda of then military junta. The election which was adjudged as the freest and fairest in the democratic history of Nigeria was unarguably won by MKO Abiola but the powers that be in their Machiavellian manipulation refused to declare him winner, scuttling the process after more than half of the results had been made public by the electoral body.”
Ashafa, who is the Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development added that Chief MKO Abiola became a ?sacrificial lamb? for democracy to survive in Nigeria. “The Late MKO Abiola sacrificed his life for Nigerian democracy to thrive. The messenger was killed but the message can never be killed,? he added.
He enjoins everyone to continue the fight for justice, fair play and equity, and call on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to genuine democracy and work for a better Nigeria.