From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja, Yakubu Busari, Jos
A Lokoja based legal practitioner, J.U.Usman has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the annulled June 12 election which was adjourned as most free and fear in the history of Nigeria’s democracy.
while Deputy Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly commended Buhari for declaring June 12 Democracy Day, urging him to extend the honours list to many other campaigners for the restoration of the annulled polls
Usman who was the guest speaker during the celebration of Democracy Day in Kogi State on Tuesday at the NUJ Secretariat in Lokoja, made the call while speaking at the event.
Usman who dwelt on the aspect of legal implication on the recognition accorded the mandate of late Chief M.K.O Abiola in the annulled election by the Buhari’s administration, pointed out that politically President Muhammadu Buhari’s action was right but legally wrong.
He noted that the president should have gone through the National Assembly before making a proclamation of de-annulment of the June 12 presidential election.
Explaining that this was beyond Abiola and his family alone, he stressed that many other people lost their lives in the June 12 struggle but yet to be recognized by the President, adding that there should have been a legal framework to recognize June 12 election .
He also aligned with Retired Justice Babatunde Belgore who argued that the posthumous award was not in tune with extant law, adding that GCFR is meant for living and not for dead ones.
The Director General Bureau of Information and Grassroots Mobilization in Kogi state, Abdulmalik Abdulkareem in his introductory speech during the ceremony, commended President Mohammadu Buhari for recognizing the June 12 and some of the actors in the struggle.
Abdul Kareem pointed out that President Muhamadu Buhari has made history whether rightly or wrongly, stressing that those who participated in annulment came to be the beneficiaries of the hard earn democracy.
He thanked the Kogi state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists for organizing the programme which he said would go a long way in educating Nigerians on the significant of the June 12 presidential election in the country.
He stressed that whoever that does not see any sense in what Mr President has done is entitle to his opinion.
“Abiola changed face of politics. Abiola deserves to be celebrated. It was in the same struggle that he lost his beautiful wife late Kudirat Abiola. Those who did not support June 12 struggle became the beneficiaries of the struggle. Luckily today we have people like President Muhammadu Buhari as leader”, he said.
The former Managing Director of Kogi Radio Corporation, Adeku Adava recalled how the news of annulment of June 12 election shocked the nation.
Adava added that whatever reason, the President must be given benefit of doubt, noting that if a decision has been taken it is irrelevant to observe whether it is right or wrong.
The Plateau State Deputy Speaker, Yipmong who commended President Buhari for his visionary leadership style in declaring June 12 Democracy Day, called on the president to also honour all those who stood firmly on the side of the struggle including Shehu Sani, former Governor of Kaduna state, Balarabe Musa, late Pa Anthony Enahoro and others prominent who kept the struggle .
Arguing that it is better late than never, he said the restoration was long in coming and stated the country;s democratic growth would be incomplete with June 12 been accorded a place the country’s democracy journey.
He explained that the June 12 recognition would unite the entire nation and address the on polarization of people along ethnic and religious lines.