A former member of the Federal House of Representatives, and a victim of the June 12 annulment, Hon. Nze Esiaga has revealed what the military government did during the June 12 presidential election annulment saga.
Esiaga explained that shortly after the annulment of the presidential election which was adjudged as free, fair and transparent, the then Head of State, Late General Sani Abacha dismantled all democratic structures in the country.
He disclosed that the National Assembly was the first to be sent packing by the Abacha-led military government during the crisis arising from annulment.
Esiaga, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Abia state, stated this in a chat with newsmen. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking courageous steps to honour the acclaimed winner of the June 12 election, Chief Moshood Abiola, and described those criticizing the President over his declaration of June 12 as democracy day, as enemies of Nigeria’s democracy.
According to the former federal lawmaker, “What President Muhammadu Buhari has done by declaring June 12 as democracy day and saying that a man whose blood was used to water democracy in this country should be recognized, is commendable”.
“It is commendable in the sense that June 12 , unknown to many people was the day God in his infinite mercy, came down to Nigeria and took care of all our differences.
“That was the same day, in the middle of raining season, there was no drop of rain anywhere in the country”.
“SDP and NRC accepted the results in good faith. The election was free and fair. So, for Mr. President to say, that injustice should be corrected, he should be commended.
He added that,”I was one of the victims of the June 12 annulment. I was a member of the House of Representative in the third republic.
“What actually happened on June 12 was very surprising. I was elected in 1992. I was in the National Assembly when Chief M.K.O Abiola contested. I was already in the House.
“The annulment really affected us. We (National Assembly) were the first people, Late General Sani Abacha sent packing the very day he made that broadcast.
“He dissolved the National Assembly. Of course, Abacha demolished all democratic structures in the country.”