Today marks the 20th anniversary of the historical June 12 Presidential election in which Chief Moshood Bashorun Abiola of the the Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored a landslide victory. The election was annulled by then military President, General Ibrahim Babangida.
Twenty years later, June 12, 1993 is still regarded nationally and internationally as the day Nigeria witnessed the freest and fairest election in our history.
The poll results were never disclosed officially. In 2008, Prof.Humphrey Nwosu who was the chairman of the National electoral Commission (NEC) disclosed that out of 39 million registered voters, only 14,396,917 votes were counted. Chief Moshood Bashorun Abiola received 8,323,305 votes while Alhaji Bashir Tofa’s tagged along with 6,073,612 votes.
Following the controversies that trailed the annulment of the election, M.K.O was detained in custody until his death on July 7, 1998.