ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Some key players during the 1993 presidential election have called for a shift of Nigeria’s presidential inauguration day from 29 May to 12 June.
The key players who were panelists at the 2023 Democracy Day celebration, organized by the Tinubu Support Group (TSG), made the call on Monday in Abuja.
Among the key players were Jonathan Zwingina, the then-director-general of the Abiola-Kingibe Presidential Campaign Organisation in 1993, and Magnus Abe.
Mr Zwingina said credit should be given to Mr Tinubu for his Democracy Day speech, adding that his words were significant because they came from a president with foresight who identified what transpired during the 12 June struggle.
He said the annulment of 12 June, 1993, presidential election by military dictator Ibrahim Babangida and the honour bestowed on Mr Abiola, the presumed winner of the election, showed that the country needed strong and virile political institutions currently being built.
Mr Zwingina described many of those who fought for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria after the annulment of the 12 June presidential election as committed patriots.
The politician said such individuals, including Mr Tinubu, made the sacrifice in the interest of democracy and not for Mr Abiola.
Tijjani Ibrahim, at the event, described Tosin Adeyanju, the convener of the Patriots in Defence of Democracy, as one of the strongest and earliest young pillars that contributed to Mr Tinubu’s electoral victory.