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June 12: Declare Abiola president – MKO’s kinsmen appeal to Tinubu

The kinsmen of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale alias MKO Abiola from Gbagura in Abeokuta, Ogun State, have urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to declare the late politician a democratically elected president.

Tobade Progressive Club of Gbagura made the appeal in a statement signed by its president, Chief Shamwill Keshinro and issued on Wednesday, June 12.

According to the kinsmen, there is a need to revisit the 1993 presidential election being that the late MKO Abiola and hundreds of Nigerians had sacrificed greatly for the return of democracy in 1999.

The statement reads partly: “Tobade Progressive Club of Gbagura, which is populated with kinsmen and kinswomen of Chief MKO Abiola in Gbagura, Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, is therefore asking the Federal Government to invoke the Doctrine of Necessity to begin the political and legal process of declaring Chief MKO Abiola, a democratically-elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The immediate past administration of former president, Muhammadu Buhari had conferred posthumously on Abiola the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR.

Chief Keshinro, however, stressed that the move by former President Muhammadu Buhari suggested a political journey to pronounce and swear in posthumously, Chief MKO Abiola, as the democratically elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.