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Remembering Ubani Chima’s Role In Making Of June 12 An Historic Day In Nigeria

Chima Ubani

BY NKEM EKEOPARA
June 12 is now officially Democracy Day in Nigeria. It’s a day Nigerians remember the annulment of an election in which Nigerians buried their differences to elect two Musilims as their president and vice president on June 12,1993. The winner of the election Chief MKO Abiola is a Yoruba from Ogun State; South-western Nigeria. Baba Gana Kingibe, who was his opponent in the primary, was his running mate. Kingibe is a Kanuri from Borno State, Northeast of Nigeria. They ran on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP). They contested against the National Republican Party whose presidential candidate was Bashir Tofa, an Hausa-Fulani from Kano, North-western part of Nigeria. Tofa’s running mate Sylvester Ugo is an Igbo from South-eastern Nigeria. Yet, Nigerians did not pander to the primordial factors that had held them down for too long.

Notwithstanding this progressive march, the election was annulled by the then self-styled military president, General Ibrahi…

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