'Make June 12 A National Holiday' - Delta State Govt
Memories of the events that marked June 12, 1993 are still fresh on the minds of Nigerians who were in Lagos those in other parts of the country.
An aide to the Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Ossai Ovie has asked the Federal Government to formally declare June 12 as a public Holiday.
Ovie made this known in a statement at Asaba on Sunday, while pointing out that the Presidential election of June 12 1993, is an important part of Nigeria's political history.
“Declaring June 12 as public holiday will help in immortalizing MKO Abiola because he stood for democracy.
“As a young boy growing , I learnt a lot from MKO Abiola’s life , how he started business at the age of 9 through farming and selling of firewood before going to school.
“His life is generally an inspiration to Nigerians Most especially the youths” he said.
Presently it is only South Western states that declare public holiday on June 12.
The result of the contended poll was victory for Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) who defeated Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
However, the elections were later annulled by military ruler Ibrahim Babangida, leading to a crisis that ended with Sani Abacha masterminding another coup.