The former governor of Lagos State, and National leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, said the June 12 experience led to the eventual end of military dictatorship.
Tinubu said that “June 12 is the mother of May 29” and that the annulment of the June 12 election is a “bitter pill to swallow”.
In his own statement titled “What June 12 Taught Us” the former governor said that without “the uncompromising resistance to military rule engendered by the annulment of the June 12 election, there would most probably be no 4th Republic today and we would still be groaning under military dictatorship.
“The blood of those who gave their yesterday and sacrificed even their lives for the democracy and freedom we enjoy today was not shed in vain. The truth is June 12 is the mother of May 29.
“The annulment was a bitter pill to swallow, especially for the millions of people who expended so much time, energy and material resources to help ensure victory for Chief MKO Abiola. The late MKO selflessly committed so much of his substantial fortune towards ensuring his victory at the polls. In doing this, he was not motivated by personal, selfish or pecuniary considerations.
“Twenty-four years after its annulment, the spirit of June 12 lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of Nigerians.
“This year’s commemoration of the anniversary of June 12 coincides roughly with two years in the office of the All Progressives Congress at the federal level. Some critics are already writing off the government as a failure. However, the vast majority of Nigerians are aware of the immense mess inherited by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,” he said.