BY ABDULLAHI ISAH,, MAIDUGURI
Former Presidential aspirant under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Muhammad Umaru Maizabura has faulted the declaration of June 12 as the nation’s new Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Alhaji Maizabura who was a presidential aspirant of the SDP alongside the Late Chief MKO Aboila, Alhaji Adamu Chiroma, Alhaji Lema Jibrin, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur among others, said the decision to declare June 12 Democracy Day by President Buhari in honour of Late MKO Abiola was a wrong decision, as the then President Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election because of high level of corruption that went on during the election.
President Buhari had declared June 12 as Democracy Day in a bid to honour fallen heroes of the annulled June 12 1993 elections and individuals instrumental to the nation’s growth..
Buhari in a personally signed statement had said” June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputably the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then Military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.”
However, Alhaji Maizabura stated that“The plan to award GCON to Late MKO Abiola and his Vice, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day is a wrong decision, as Abiola was the one that introduced corruption and thuggery in Nigerian politics,”
He said “I call on President Buhari to reverse his decision, if he is really fighting corruption, as MKO was the first person to introduce gratification in our election. He was the one that brought a bag of money during our primaries in the then Presidential primaries.
“If President Buhari was thinking that he will win the heart of voters in the South West, he should have a re-think as the people of South West will not be lured to vote a candidate,” Maizabura stated.