Story by Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on political actors in the country to make the supreme sacrifice paid by the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola count by pursuing good governance and total wellbeing of the people.
Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed that the late business mogul and philanthropist was massively voted for by Nigerians irrespective of tribes and religious beliefs due to his commitment to uplifting the wellbeing of the people with his campaign manifesto titled “Farewell to poverty”.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Engr Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele made this call during the official celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day held at MKO International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
He explained that the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by Chief MKO Abiola, the resistance of this unjust act of the military by the people and the death of many Nigerians as well as the supreme sacrifice paid by Abiola eventually birthed the foundation of 20 years of unbroken democracy being celebrated across the country.
Gov Abiodun noted that the least the beneficiaries of Nigerian growing democracy could do to honour June 12 struggles was to pursue good governance, serve the people that voted them into office for those were the ideals that stood out Abiola and made June 12 presidential election an history that could never be forgotten.
He disclosed that his government would continue to immortalise the distinguished indigene of the state through selfless service and good governance while also ensuring that the dividends of democracy were spread across the length and breadth of the state.
Abiodun said “We pledge to leave no stone unturned in our bid to bring equal socio-economic development to every part of Ogun State. It was creating an equitable society and enlarging opportunities for individual and societal development that Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola stood and died for. We vow to bring this vision to fruition in Ogun State”.
The governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming it fit to give due recognition to Late MKO Abiola as hero of Nigerian fledgling democracy and June 12 as the most appropriate Democracy Day.
Abiodun represented by his deputy, Engr Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele had earlier led other government functionaries to visit Abiola’s family house at Gbagura, Abeokuta
Meanwhile, former Chief Whip of House of Representatives and one of the people at the forefront of of June 12 struggle, Hon Wale Osun has urged President Buhari to allow for true federalism and restructuring of the country saying that this ought to be done to further preserve the ideals of June 12 struggles and rich memories of Late MKO Abiola.
Speaking the during the Democracy Day celebration at MKO Stadium, Abeokuta, Hon Osun said “ Nigeria no doubt owes lot of appreciation to June 12 struggles and death of Chief MKO Abiola because it is the source of our civil rule. The federal government, the power that be in appreciation of this fact must work hand in hand and allow for true federalism and proper restructuring of the country”.