Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday lamented the cancellation of the presidential election of June 12, 1993, presumably won by the late philanthropist, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, attributing the cancellation to “bad beauty”.
Obasanjo said the cancellation deprived Egbaland and the state of Ogun of the rare privilege of having three of his distinguished sons occupying the country’s number one leadership position at various times to date since independence.
Obasanjo spoke at the 46th Abeokuta Club Presidential Party held on Sunday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.
The oldest statesman, who referred to the former head of the Interim National Government (ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan, who first ruled the country as military head of state and civilian president , noted that Abiola would have become the third if the 1993 ballot was not canceled.
The former president, who recalled that Abiola was his classmate at Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta, said that he (Abiola) more than deserved the award given to him by the Abeokuta club.
Obasanjo said: âWhen the Abeokuta Club was being born, things in Abeokuta were not as rosy as they are today. And Abeokuta’s sons who were in Lagos reflected together in the house of the late Chief Sobo Sowemimo to think of what they could do to improve the development of Abeokuta as a city. I pay tribute to all of these founding members, to those who have left this world and to those who are still here.
“I want to thank the club for this honor bestowed upon me and the honor bestowed on my classmate, MKO Abiola, which he so well deserved.”
âKabiyesi, the Alake of Egbaland, alluded to it. Normally, when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Is not it ? , we should have kept it permanently “.
Obasanjo then pledged to continue contributing with his quota to the continued growth and development of Egbaland, Ogun State and Nigeria in general.
âBut anyway, we have a great legacy. And we must be proud of our heritage. With that, I will say that I thank the President, the boss and the big boss, the members of the Board of Directors, the executive.
“I mean this; I will continue to contribute my quota to the development and growth of this club and by extension to the development and growth of Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, Africans and even the world in as I could. “
In a ChannelsTV report, Alake and Egbaland Oba Adedotun Supreme Ruler Aremu Gbadebo, while presenting the plaque to Obasanjo, described Obasanjo and MKO Abiola as the proud sons of Abeokuta, adding that “bad blood” did not allow Abiola to become President.