Professor Humphrey Nwosu, who conducted the 1993 presidential election yesterday reaffirmed late M.K.O Abiola as the winner of the presidential 1993 poll. Nwosu while making his intentions known through a letter addressed to the presidency yesterday opined that, the gesture by President Buhari in recognizing the late sage will awaken democratic consciousness among Nigerians.
Nwosu also commended President Buhari for awarding and recognising the late icon after 24 years of the annulled election.
The letter reads:“I thank His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria for recognizing June 12 as Democracy Day and also honouring the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola.
“Indeed, June 12, 1993 marked a turning point in Nigeria’s tortuous journey towards a democratic polity. It is an honour to the very hard-working men and women of the defunct National Electoral Commission under my leadership at this long-awaited recognition. I humbly commend this action by the President.
“Undoubtedly, the democratic system of governance is the best, especially for the multiethnic nation like ours. I thank you for building on the foundation which my team and I labored strenuously to establish and actualize on June 12, 1993. It is our hope that expanding the frontiers of democracy of which all the people of Nigeria, regardless of ethnic group, will provide economic, social and developmental benefits that will certainly make Nigeria a great nation not only in Africa but across the world.
“Certainly, the scheduled event on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 will rekindle the national consciousness of all Nigerians for a better Nation. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control I will not be present at the investiture ceremony as I am outside the country.”
It will be recalled that Nwosu chaired the defunct National Electoral Commission (NEC) and has been invited to the official ceremony in remembrance of the late sage.