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Former Secretary To FG, Kingibe Claims Obasanjo Was Architect Of June 12 Annulment

A former Secretary to the Federal Government, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, has accused ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo of being an architect of the June 12 1993 annulment. 

The presidential election was said to be won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

Kingibe however, broke his silence for the first time on the annulment of the election while appearing on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme.

The former secretary who was Abiola’s running mate on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), said although Obasanjo attempted to convene a meeting of statesmen to address the aftermath of the June 12 crisis, President Muhammadu Buhari only attended the inaugural meeting and stopped because of the direction of the session.

Kingibe said Buhari’s position was very clear over the years that the annulment was unjustified.

He, however, parried questions on whether or not he betrayed the late Abiola, who died in his bid to reclaim his mandate.

Kingibe said the celebration of June 12 as a Democracy Day should not be an occasion for recriminations or for talking on who betrayed who and who abandoned what.

He said he had never spoken over the years because he was bemused and saddened by the annulment.

He did not give details of the roles Obasanjo played to annul the presidential poll, while justifying why Buhari opted to honour Abiola.

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“Every time the issue of the annulment came up over the years, his position was very clear; it was very firm that the election was free, fair and there was a clear winner. And that the annulment was unjustified.

“So, having had the opportunity, perhaps, to right the wrong, I won’t be surprised he did so because it is in his character to try and do justice, however, belated and under whatever the circumstances.”

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