Following the declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day in honour of Chief MKO Abiola,
The Senate has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce the results of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
The Senate said that after the results were announced in due course, it will make sure that all allowances and entitlements to the families of the acclaimed winner of that election, late Chief MKO Abiola and his running mate, Alhaji Babagana Kingibe are paid after being formally declared winner even as June 12 is declared annual public holiday.
Senator Abiodun Olujimi who raised the motion at the Senate Plenary today, Thursday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to honour Abiola for his contribution to Nigeria’s democracy.
“Mr. President should endeavour to ask INEC to announce the result of the election held on June 12th and declare Chief MKO Abiola as the winner as his family is still in existence. Every right a President enjoys should be given to his family and the then Vice President, Baba Gana Kingibe should also enjoy all benefits as the Vice President.”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, however, requested that the Constitution should be amended if June 12th is declared as Democracy Day.
The lawmakers resolved that while June 12 is a public holiday, May 29 should remain the day for the inauguration of newly elected officers – president and all government officials.