By Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The federal government has invited all former governors elected under the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in in 1993 to the occasion of the historicÂ designation ofÂ June 12Â as Democracy Day and National Holiday.
A statement signed last night by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha,Â alsoÂ recognised the formerÂ members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, including states chairmen and secretaries as at June 12, 1993, for the role they played in the struggle to entrench democratic ethos in the country.
Also included on the guest list wereÂ Prof. Humphrey Nwosu, who as the Chairman of the electoral body that superintended the freest election in Nigeria in 1993.
The list also had former Senate Presidents, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and Senator Ameh EbuteÂ Â and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Agunwa Anekwe.
President Buhari, whoÂ on WednesdayÂ declaredÂ June 12Â as Democracy Day will confer a posthumous national honour ofÂ Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), onÂ Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the presumed winner of the Presidential election in 1993 next Tuesday.
The statement by the SGF also said, the Late Chief Abiola’s running mate in the election,Â Ambassador Babagana Kingibe will be decorated as a recipient of Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON),Â while human rights activist and fiery legal luminary,Â Chief Gani Fawehinmi will be posthumously invested as the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).
The investiture ceremony will holdÂ at theÂ BanquetÂ Hall, State House,Â AbujaÂ atÂ 10.00 am.
Senate President Bukola Saraki,Â Speaker Yakubu Dogora, principal officers of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council and all state governors, will be joined byÂ Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nobel Laureate,Â Prof. Wole Soyinka,Â Â Femi Falana, SAN,Â Â Chief Bisi Akande,Â Â Â Â Ms. Ayo Obe, the DG News Agency of Nigeria,Â Â Â Bayo Onanuga,Â Â Â Â Kunle Ajibade,Â Â Â Â Â Nosa Igiebor,Â Â Â Kayode Komolafe,Â Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori and the Director General, Hope ‘ 93,Â Senator Janathan Zwingina.