Kudirat Abiola
File photo of Late Kudirat Abiola

Late Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, also deserves a national honour, says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

To party, to this end, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the late wife of the late Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

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National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, made the request on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presented the presumed winner of 1993 presidential election, MKO Abiola, with the title of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), 20 years after his death in 1998.

And while it welcomed the posthumous award of Nigeria’s highest national honour granted to MKO Abiola, the APC noted that Kudirat paid the supreme price with her assassination on June 4, 1996, in Lagos.

She was killed at the heat of the mobilisation for the restoration of her husband’s mandate as the winner of the election.

“As a party, we remain resolved in our struggle to deepen our democracy and continue to improve on the transparency and credibility of our electoral systems,” the party’s statement read.

“We reiterate that regardless of its imperfections, democracy remains the best form of government that can best serve the interest of our people.

“We affirm that this decision by President Buhari yet again exemplifies APC’s commitment to the sanctity of popular elections and respect for the right of the people to freely choose their leaders in accordance with the fundamental principle of democracy that no man has the right to exercise power over other men, except with their consent.”