June 12, Sanwo-olu and dividends of democracy

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

IN the annals of the country’s political history, June 12 remains a watershed. No matter how hard its antagonists try, for many reasons, June 12 will continue to be a landmark in the nation’s political landscape. On that day, Nigerians expressed a strong resolve to chart a new course for their beloved country by redefining and reshaping the nation’s political setting.


Prior to that time, the country’s politics sharply reflected our palpable religious and ethnic divides. But on June 12, all that changed. Chief MKO Abiola, who was the presidential candidate of the defunct SDP, had more votes in the Northern part of the country than Alhaji Bashir Tofa, his Northern challenger from the defunct NRC.


Sadly, the then ruling military junta, led by General Ibrahim Babangida (retd.), annulled the result of the June 12, 1993 election, thereby ensuring that the acclaimed winner, Abiola, was unable to claim his mandate. He died in that process. The annulment of the election threw the country into needless chaos and turmoil. Thus, an election that was supposed to cement our unity became an albatross



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