Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has expressed concern that 24 years after the June 12th election adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of the country, the ideals for which Chief Masood Kasimawo Abiola (MKO) who won the election stood had yet to be realized.
Ajimobi who described the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election as a turning point in the annals of the country, however declared that the supreme price paid by the acclaimed winner of the election, late Chief Abiola, can never be forgotten.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan, on Monday morning, Ajimobi said that the only way to ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain is to promote and institutionalize good governance until poverty, injustice and insecurity are significantly reduced in Nigeria.
While describing the late politician and business mogul as a symbol of democracy, he praised him for his strong conviction that ordinary Nigerians must be freed from the shackles of oppression and penury.
“It was this conviction that Nigerian masses should be freed from their oppressors and that the destiny of the whole nation should not be held to ransom by a cabal that propelled him to stand by his mandate and to defend it to the last.
“The democracy that we all are enjoying now was made possible by the likes of Chief Abiola, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, Chief Frank Kokori, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others too numerous to mention.
“This is why we must not allow any circumstance to wipe out the memory of June 12; the day that Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations, decided to take their destinies in their own hands by voting overwhelmingly for a man after their heart.’’
Ajimobi prayed for the repose of Abiola’s soul and the souls of other Nigerians who lost their lives in the struggle to actualize the annulled presidential election.
He said that Abiola’s ideal of good governance had always influenced his administration’s policies in its avowed commitment to the massive, pro-people infrastructural development of Oyo State.
“This ideal of good governance that is centred on development remains the driving force of our administration. We fervently believe that this is what MKO would have wished for. That is why we would continue to follow in that path in order to keep his memory alive.”