A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has blamed the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election, presumably won by the late philanthropist, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola on what he termed “bad belle”.
He said this on Sunday in Abeokuta after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a socio-cultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State, where Tokunbo Odebunmi, an engineer, is the president.
Recall that the annulled June 12 election, was adjudged to be most peaceful, credible and fair, but it was annulled by the then military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Obasanjo noted that the annulment robbed Egbaland and Ogun State the rare privilege of having three of its prominent sons occupying the number one position in the country at different times.
After himself who ruled as both military head of state and civilian president and Chief Ernest Shonekan who was the former Head of Interim National Government, the elder statesman said that Abiola would have become the third, if the 1993 presidential election was not annulled.
Apart from Obasanjo, the late philanthropist and businessman was equally awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club.
Obasanjo said Abiola was his schoolmate at the Baptist Boys High School Abeokuta, adding that the late politician deserved the award bestowed on him by the club.
He said, “I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.
“When you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced the President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.”
The paramount ruler and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo also noted that both Obasanjo and late Abiola deserved the honour bestowed on them as true sons of Egbaland.