Obasanjo regrets outcome of June 12 election
If you thought you knew why General Ibrahim Babangida annulled the June 12 election that produced MKO Abiola as the winner, you may have been mistaken.
According to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday, April 11 the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election presumably won by late philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola was simply because of “bad belle.”
Obasanjo said the annulment of the June 12 election robbed Egbaland and Ogun state the rare privilege of having three of its prominent sons occupying the number one seat at different times.
Recall that apart from Obasanjo, Chief Ernest Shonekan, a former Head of Interim National Government is another ex-Nigerian leader from Ogun state.
Legit reports that Obasanjo made the comment in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital shortly after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a sociocultural organisation of the Egba people. Obasanjo was honoured alongside MKO Abiola who was awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club.
The Nation quoted Obasanjo as saying: “I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved. “If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently. “But be that as it may, we have a great heritage. And we should be proud of our heritage.”