The Director General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari by his profound proclamation has announced the results of the annulled June 12, 1993 elections and by extension ported Generals Ibrahim Babaginda and Olusegun Obasanjo into the Anti-Democratic Hall.
Okechukwu stated this while entertaining questions from journalists at the annual Igwa Nshi festival in his Eke hometown, Udi LGA, Enugu State.
In his proclamation, Buhari conferred the highest order of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on MKO Abiola, the winner of the election and declared “June 12” as the new “Democracy Day” of Nigeria and not May 29 anymore.
The Senate in its resolutions, commended the President for taking these bold steps, but asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the results of the June 12, 1993 elections.
Okechukwu, faulted the call by Senate for the declaration of the result, saying it was not necessary, for the profound proclamation is the result declaration we waited for 25 years.
He insisted that Mr. President announced the results when he officially declared the June 12 election as the freest and fairest in the annals of the history of our dear country.
He added that Mr. President spiced it the GCFR, the highest honour in the country he conferred on MKO Abiola and Grand Commander of Order of Niger (GCON), the second highest national honour on his running mate, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe.
According to the VON DG, what the President did is nothing but declaration of the result of that election and porting of the annulars and their league into Anti-Democratic Hall.
“For me, life is about a coin. A coin has two sides. I read a letter from Kola, Abiola’s son, on behalf of MKO’s family thanking Mr. President. I read statements from the PDP and the APC, congratulating Mr. President. This is democracy. We in the majority welcomed it. Minority are in the Anti-Democratic Hall.
“Some people are saying Kudirat should be honoured. Some are saying Humphrey Nwosu should be honoured. I am one of those applauding Mr. President and appealing that Kudirat the martyr of the struggle and Nwosu the conductor of the election be conferred with GCON.Okechukwu said.
On the claim by renowned jurist, Justice Belgore that the President violated the law, Okechukwu noted that like a coin a renowned legal luminary, Femi Falana (SAN) also read sections of the law and said the President did not violate any law.