Governor Fayose exchanges pleasantries with president Buhari during the Council of State meeting on Thursday in Abuja (Photo credit)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare late MKO Abiola President because only Presidents get the GCFR title.

Fayose made the call in the wake of President Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

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Abiola was the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, which was annulled by the then military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida before the result was officially declared.

It was a development that caused political crisis which led to late General Sani Abacha seizing power.

In 1994, Abiola announced himself as the lawful President of Nigeria and was afterwards declared wanted and subsequently arrested on a charge of treasonable felony.

He died on 7 July, 1998, while being detained by the military government under Abacha.

“The honour done to Late Moshood Olawale Abiola (MKO) by President Mohammadu Buhari is a welcome development,” he said.

“We thank the President, even though we know it is for political reasons, we see it as a step in the right direction.

“We urge President Mohammadu Buhari to go to the next level and declare MKO the President of Nigeria because MKO won the election, but the then dictator, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida denied Nigerians that victory and the opportunity to have Abiola as our President.

“Having realised that they goofed, they have come out to right the wrong. Besides, you can’t keep such title of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR) without being the President of Nigeria, therefore the President should be courageous enough by declaring the results of the election and declare Abiola the winner of the June 12 poll.

“This is a lesson that what you do today will be reference point for others tomorrow.

“We condemn the annulment of the June12 Presidential poll results, brutality of Nigerians who protested against it, election rigging, brute force and manipulations during elections.”