June 12 1993 In Nigeria
By Mbonu Watson C
Historically, on that very day June 12, 1993, Presidential elections were held in Nigeria the first since the 1983 military coup ended the country’s Second Republic. the election was won by SDP Party but never saw the light of the day.
Though the election was the outcome of a transitional process to the civilian head by then military ruler Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), the election was reported one of the peaceful election ever held in Nigeria and was won by M.K.O Abiola with the SDP party in popular votes of 8,34,309 against Bashir Tofa (NRC) who scored 5,952,087 votes. so M.K.O Abiola won with 58.36 percentage
The unofficial result of the election, though not finally declared by the National Electoral Commission (NEC)… So the winner of the election was thus never declared as the elections were annulled by IBB, citing electoral irregularities.
So sadly the annulment election led to protests across Nigeria with Lagos and some northern states burning on fire, most people from southeastern Nigeria leaving Lagos and northern returning to their eastern Nigeria for fear of the second civil war coming
The then political unrest, including the resignation of IBB and a weak interim civilian government coming into power, and culminated in the continuation of military rule in the country with Sani Abacha now late, ascending to power as the military head of state via a bloodless while the winner of the presidential election M.K.O Abiola was later unjustly imprisoned and he died in prison a few years later
The event took place in the year 1993, June 12 that one may ask if Bashir Tofa of the NRC party has won, would the election be annulled, and finally where were you then? drop your comment using the comment box. this is our June 12 1993 In Nigeria. to be continued