Abdulfatah Ahmed, executive governor of Kwara State has called on all politicians to set aside ethnic differences, religious sentiments and personal ambitions to build a new Nigeria.
Ahmed also said “those who brandish progressive credentials must ensure their conduct does not sully the ethos of the movement which essentially entails purifying and elevating politics and governance.”
The governor made these assertions on Thursday in Lagos State at a lecture organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Lagos State Council to commemorate the 21stanniversary of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential electionswon by late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
Ahmed who was the guest lecturer of the public lecture titled: “June 12: Lessons for Today’s democracy,” described the late Abiola as a man of courage who “dared the bullets of the military,” and announced himself elected president, despite all odds and “stood his grounds till the end.”
The governor was thereafter presented with an award, as a democratic crusader by the NUJ.
Delivering his welcome address at the event, Deji Elumoye, NUJ chairman said, “even21-years after the election was annulled, the ghost ofthat election has refused to die, it continues to taunt us, as we remember the symbol of that epoch event, who today, has become our icon of democracy, the late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola.”