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MKO Abiola
June 12 has come to be a special date in the political history of Nigeria. It is the day in 1993 when what has been referred to as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria was organized by Prof. Humfrey Nwosu’s led National Electoral Commission (NEC).

Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) of the Social Democratic party (SDP) was presumed to have won the election after defeating his opponent Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC). But, the mandate given to MKO by the Nigerian people was invalidated by the Military.

The drama started on the 15th of June 1993 when an Abuja High Court presided over by justice Dahiru Saleh granted an interim order restraining the electoral commission from further announcement of the result of the election.
Sequel to the pronouncement of the Abuja court, various orders emanated from courts in Lagos and Ibadan prodding NEC to go on with the release of the final result of the election.
Recall that an injunction had been issued by the Abuja High Court on the night of June 10, 1993 restraining NEC from conducting the presidential election, but Humphrey Nwosu went ahead despite the opposition of a powerful segment of the military.

According to Prof Nwosu:

With almost all the results known, the opposition against the election rose very high within the camp of some senior military officers

With pressure mounting on the Nwosu’s NEC not to declare the final result of the election, the commission decided to stay action on the process while exploring other options to resolve the logjam.
To put nails on the coffin of the election, the National Defense and Security Council set up a committee headed by General Sani Abacha. Other members of the committee were Admiral Murtala Nyako who later became of the governor of Adamawa State in the present republic, Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro, Brigadier David Mark, the immediate past President of the Senate and Gen Aliu. The Attorney General of the Federation Clement Akpamgbo and Prof Nwosu were also members.
The committee dominated and controlled by the military ensured the result of the June 12 election was confined to the dustbin of history.

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