Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State

By Victor Ernest

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has lamented that the ideals of late MKO Abiola have yet to be achieved, 24 years after the annulment of his victory at the poll in 1993.

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Abiola who contested on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the June 12, 1993 election, was denied the opportunity of enjoying his mandate as the election was annulled by the then Head of state, Ibrahim Babangida.

He was later arrested and incarcerated by the military government until his death on Tuesday, 7 July, 1998.

Turning point

In his remembrance of the late billionaire, Ajimobi said the June 12, 1993 election was a turning point for the country.

Ajimobi described the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy, praising him for his strong conviction that ordinary Nigerians must be freed from the shackles of oppression and penury.

”This is why we must not allow any circumstance to wipe out the memory of June 12 when Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations, voted overwhelmingly for a man after their heart.”

”The only way to ensure that his sacrifice is not in vain is to promote and institutionalise good governance until poverty, injustice and insecurity are significantly reduced in Nigeria,” he said.