Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has hailed the Federal Governmentâ€™s decision to recognise the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Abiola, noting that the gesture restores hope in democratic ideals.
In a statement, the governor said that the declaration is a turning point in Nigeriaâ€™s history as it recognises the yearnings of Nigerians for democratic society, which the struggle of Chief MKO Abiola and other civil society organisations symbolizes. Â
According to him, â€œOn behalf of the good people of Edo State, I salute the wisdom and courage of President Muhammadu Buhari, in recognising and declaring June 12 as Nigeriaâ€™s Democracy Day to honour Chief Moshood Abiola, the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential elections.
â€œThe presidentâ€™s declaration is a watershed in our political history, an answer to the yearnings of millions of Nigerians and honour for the sacrifices of the actors, who fought tirelessly for the actualization of his mandate and the return of power to the people.
â€œI join millions of Nigerians to celebrate this day and wish all lovers of democracy a Happy Democracy Day.â€
He expressed appreciation to the president for the step taken in recognising the import of the day and struggles of pro-democracy groups, noting, â€œThe sacrifices made by actors in the polity to sustain the ideals of democracy is responsible for the growth and development we have today.â€