Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day, agreeing to the declaration by saying “MKO Abiola is worthy to be honoured”.
TheNewsGuru reports the Ekiti State Peoples’ Democratic Governor (PDP) reacted to the declaration on Thursday on his official Twitter handle.
“MKO Abiola is worthy to be honoured and we in Ekiti honoured him with a public holiday on June 12, 2017, we will do it again this year,” Fayose said while also expressing certain reserves.
For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in the history of the country, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government.
“But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st.
“June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence.
“The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process,” Buhari stated while declaring June 12 Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.
Buhari said the Federal Government decided that henceforth June 12th will be celebrated as Democracy Day after due consultations were made.
The President also vested a posthumous award, the highest honour of the land, GCFR, on the Late Chief, the presumed winner of the June 12th 1993 cancelled elections.
Fayose, expressing his reserve, noted that, “the greatest honour anyone can bestow on MKO Abiola is total respect for the rule of law and conduct of free, fair and credible elections”.
MKO Abiola is worthy to be honoured and we in Ekiti honoured him with a public holiday on June 12, 2017, we will do it again this year.However, the greatest honour anyone can bestow on MKO Abiola is total respect for the rule of law and conduct of free,fair & credible elections. pic.twitter.com/VSmxe9FNb4
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) June 7, 2018
TheNewsGuru reports running mate as Vice President to Chief Abiola in the 1993 elections, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON award.
“Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualization of the June 12th elections and indeed for Democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN is to be awarded posthumously a GCON.
“The Commemoration and investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day,” Buhari stated in the press release declaring June 12 Nigeria’s new Democracy Day.