June 12, 4 States Declare Monday As Holiday In Honour Of Late MKO Abiola
The Governor Ayodele Fayose led government of Ekiti State has declared Monday as a
public holiday in honour of the winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, the late Chief Moshood
Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
The declaration comes few days after Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo states had announced the same day as a public holiday in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the late chief.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, Fayose – a member of the Peoples Democratic Party – said he took the decision to join his other colleagues in the South West in the spirit of the unity of the region.
“Yoruba nation’s interest is beyond personal interest,
For us to forge ahead as a people we must speak with one voice.
“In the light of this, I declare Monday a public holiday to further strengthen our collective belief, hope and aspirations.
This, I have done in the spirit of Yoruba nation and South West integration.”
The late Bashorun Moshood Abiola won the election. However, his victory was annulled by the then military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.).
Abiola was later incarcerated by the military junta of the late General Sanni Abacha.
The day is celebrated in recognition and honour of the martyrdom of Abiola, who died in a mysterious circumstance while in incarceration, a few days after the death of Abacha.
Meanwhile Gov. Ambode in a statement issued by his Secretary to the State Government said said the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled 1993 Presidential election.
The governor added that the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 Presidential election
represented, being a daythat the country experienced an election that was adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
He said that 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 are still worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country’s political history which had positively shaped its democracy.
Governor Ambode further urged Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and strive to entrench a viable democracy.
He said that this was a way to immortalise the late winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief M.K.O Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.