Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Tundun Abiola, daughter of the late MKO Abiola, has claimed that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo did not get into office in 1999 by election, saying he was appointed.

The late Abiola’s daughter alleged that Obasanjo was made president by the then military regime to compensate the people of the South-West region for the death of her father.

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Tundun made this claim against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.

Abiola was the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was annulled by the then Nigerian leader Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

“June 12 ,1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was indisputably the freest, fairest election since our independence,” Buhari said.

“The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld does not distract from the democratic credentials of the process.”

Buhari also announced a posthumous award of Nigeria’s highest national honour, GCFR, to Abiola.

And Tundun, who is also a lawyer, commended the President, saying her family appreciated the honour after a long struggle.

But she criticised Obasanjo for not recognising her late father for his contributions to Nigeria’s democracy.

“Obasanjo was appointed the president, he was not elected president. We did not have any election in 1999, we had a coronation,” she said during an interview on Rubin Minds on Channels Television.

“When you know you were not elected, you know you were selected and just appointed president by the military, it is galling for him to have acknowledged a democratic process.”

“President Obasanjo and my father had a relationship then; so what happened in their lifetime continued even after my father was dead. He cannot bear the idea of Moshood Abiola – so he did not do it.”