The House of Representatives yesterday urged the federal government
to immortalize the adjudged winner of the June 12 1999 presidential election,
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
The House also resolved that the late politician should be conferred with the highest
national honour posthumously, thereby directs it’s committee on legislative
compliance to ensure enforcement of the resolution.
According to a motion of urgent national importance,
sponsored by the member representing Gumel/Gagarawa/Mai/Gatari/Sule Tankarta federal constituency of Jigawa State,
Hon. Sanni Zorro, Abiola late MKO Abiola secured 8million votes out of 14 million
eligible voters in the annulled election.
He noted that a vacuum had been created since the death of MKO on July 8, 1998,
in the fields of philanthropy, sports, publishing, corporate leadership, national and global politics.
“Remember him today and always as a true and great son of Nigeria,
who touched lives more than any other person in his life time,
who contributed to the achievement of religious harmony by
building brigdges between faith organisations like nobody else,” h stated.
Zorro argued that apart from winning the June 12, 1993,
presidential poll by garnering eight million out the 14 million votes cast,
Abiola also contributed to the political development of the country.
He added that it would not be a novelty to bestow the GCFR on someone who is not a president of the country,
noting that former President Shehu Shagari had bestowed the same honour to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1983.
“I believe that that we should immortalise MKO Abiola by conferring on him the highest honor.
Conferring the highest honour on an individual is not new.
In 1983, Shagari conferred the honour on Awolowo,” he said.
The member representing Awka North/South of Anambra State
Hon. Anayo Nnebe in his contribution called for the declaration
of June 12 of every year as Democracy Day in the country.
He noted that it was a day the most credible election in the country was held.
According to him, June 12 has more significance for the country’s democracy,
compared to May 29, which is currently being celebrated as Democracy Day.
“The annulment of June12 is an act of irresponsiblity and executive recklessness.
I want to add that June 12 should be declared National holiday in this country.
It is a national issue. It is not a South West issue, ” the Nnebe stated.