Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Abode

The Lagos state government has declared Tuesday, June 12, as public holiday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the annulled 1993 Presidential election adjudged to have been won by late MKO Abiola.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the state government, Tunji Bello, on Saturday.

Bello said the significance of June 12, 1993 election, adjudged as the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, would always be a reference point in the state’s quest to entrench true democracy in service to the people.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day.

He said the singular act would forever ensure that MKO Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, who laid down their lives in the struggle to entrench good governance, did not do so in vain.

“On behalf of all Lagosians, we want to commend and applaud Mr President for deeming it fit finally against all odds from all other past presidents that 25 years after, we are able to now celebrate our own Democracy Day and also declare that the real winner of 1993 June 12 Presidential election was actually our own MKO Abiola.

“No matter how long you try to hide history, history will always reveal itself with a true platform.

“So, we know that is one very important singular step as we go forward to build an enduring democracy. And for all democrats in this country, we are excited that we are moving in the right direction.

“For us in Lagos, June 12 is not just a day to remember, it is a rallying point for those of us in service that we must continuously strive to entrench true democracy and good governance which is what Chief MKO Abiola totally exemplified,” Bello said.

Osun and Ogun states have since followed Ambode’s example by declaring June 12 as work free days.