Nigeria’s Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has broke his silence over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election presumably won by late Moshood Abiola.
The Former President described Abiola as his school mate at the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, lamented that the cancellation of June 12 election had robbed of Egbaland the rare opportunity to have three of its prominent sons occupy the seat of the president at different times.
Obasanjo, who spoke on Sunday in Abeokuta during the investiture of Obasanjo as a Trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a socio-cultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State.
Moshood Abiola was also awarded a posthumous vice patron of the club during its 46th President Party held at the secretariat in Abeokuta.
According to the Former President, Abiola richly deserved the award bestowed on him by the Abeokuta Club.
Obasanjo said “I want to thank the (Abeokuta) club for this honour being bestowed on m and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.
“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle (hatred), Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.
“But be that as it may, we have a great heritage and we should be proud of our heritage.”
Obasanjo pledged his commitment to the development of the club, Egba land and Ogun State.