The entire good members of APC Abeokuta South LG congratulate and celebrate with the government and the people of Ogun State and Nigeria at large on the commemoration of June 12, 2020 democracy day.
June 12, 1993, was believed to be the day the freest and fairest presidential election was conducted in the history of Nigeria and which our dear son, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola widely recognised as”MKO” won in a landslide victory against his rival Alhaji Bashir Tofa.
In the year 2018, after about 25 years, President Mohammed Buhari GCFRN, officially declared June 12 as a public holiday in the country to recognize the life and times, the struggle, the death and the celebration of the adjudged winner of the then Presidential election to commemorate the anniversary of the annulled 1993 Presidential elections.
We all know that the significance of June 12, 1993 elections, adjudged as the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria would always be a reference point in the nation’s quest to entrench true democracy in service to the people.
We once again use this opportunity to commend our President, Mohammadu Buhari GCFRN, on his declaration of June 12, as the new democracy day because that singular act would forever ensure that Chief MKO Abiola and other martyrs of democracy who laid down their lives in the struggle to entrench good governance did not do so in vain.
“On behalf of all the people of Ogun State, we commend and applaud our President, Muhammadu Buhari GCFRN, for deeming it fit finally against all odds from all other past presidents that 27 years after, we are now celebrating our true democracy day.
Until Buhari declared June 12, a democracy day and national public holiday in Nigeria, it was held annually on May 29
Democracy day was the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999, marking the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule in 1960. It’s a tradition that has been held annually, beginning in the year 2000.
June 12 was formerly known as Abiola day and it’s been celebrated in Ogun and some South Western States of Nigeria
June 12, Nigeria’s new democracy day is now a public holiday to commemorate the restoration of democracy in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. May 29 was initially the official democracy day in Nigeria, marking when the then President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo took office as the President of Nigeria in 1999, ending multiple decades of military rule that began in 1966 and had been interrupted only by a brief period of democracy from 1979 to 1983.
On June 6, 2018, just eight days after May 29, democracy day was celebrated, the President Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria declared June 12 to be the new democracy day and since then June 12 has come to stay.
Congratulations once again to our amiable Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, congratulations to the people of Ogun State and congratulations to Nigerians at large on the celebration of this year democracy day. May we all celebrate more of it in life in sound health.
Signed: APC Abeokuta South
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