Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa
Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kanoâ€¨
A former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, who was believed to have lost to his Social Democratic Party (SDP) counterpart, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, in the controversial June 12, 1993 election, Thursday faulted the annual celebration of the election, whose results were annulled.
The annulment of the election results by the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, had precipitated a national crisis that forced Babangida to step aside and eventually put the military under immense pressure, both locally and internationally, to hand over power in 1999.
The day of the annulment of the election has become an anniversary date, especially among Abiola’s kinsmen in the South-west.
However, Tofa, dismissed the yearly celebration of the event, which he described as fiction.
“Only those who don’t have anything to offer to this country to move forward can still be talking about June 12 presidential elections,” he told journalists in Kano.
“I am not one of those people that celebrate fiction that is the more reason why I don’t like to be talking again on June 12 presidential election.
“If you have learnt any lesson out of it, good; if you have not, keep quiet , let this country makes progress. But for one to still be talking about something that occurred 20 years ago, is colossal waste of time.
“We have more problems than to be talking about this nonsense, we want this country to survive and people were still talking about June 12.
“People who have nothing to offer this country or have nothing better to say, can go on talking about June 12 , because they have nothing else to say to help this country move forward,“ he added.