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Obasanjo, one of the people behind June 12 annulment – Kingibe

The running mate to Bashorun MKO Abiola, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe said former President Olusegun Obasanjo supported the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential elections.

Kingibe, who admitted that he had been silent in the incident, said he has a video recording of events on June 12.

The former ambassador served as Minister of Internal Affairs in the General Sani Abacha military junta that incarcerated the late Bashorun Abiola for declaring himself President as the winner of the annulled election.

Kingibe, who spoje on an NTA Network Programme, said, “This is the first time that I am addressing the issue. Sometimes, I am bemused (but) I am not surprised about the comments that people were making about June 12; the claims on June 12, those who stood on June 12 and so on.

“I know every detail of what happened and there is no way that one can tell the truth about June 12 without perhaps diminishing some people’s own;  without taking away from the significance and the solemnity of that day.

“I have actually recorded my recollections of those days and those events. I hope that I will have the opportunity to air my recording one day. It is in video recording, not audio recording.”

Kingibe said Obasanjo was one of the people behind the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, though he had made effort to see how issues arising from the annulment would be addressed.

“In the aftermath of the annulment, one of the architects of the annulment, former president Olusegun Obasanjo tried to get some elder statesmen, I think at the African Leadership Forum, to see how the aftermath of the annulment could be addressed or to see how the problems arising from the annulment could be addressed.

“And I think President Muhammadu Buhari did attend the meeting once, the inaugural meeting. I understood that when he (Buhari) saw the direction of the meeting, he decided not to attend again.

“Every time the issue of the annulment came up over the years, his position was very clear; it was very firm that the election was free, fair and there was a clear winner. And that the annulment was unjustifie,” he said.