Former Nigerian army dictator, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, often known as IBB, has defined why he annulled the June 12, 1993 election broadly believed to have been received by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO Abiola) of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
In an interview with Arise TV on Friday, Babangida, who was additionally popularly often known as ‘Maradona’ or ‘The Evil Genius’, gave the rationale behind his annulment of the election thought of to be the perfect within the historical past of Nigeria.
According to Babangida, whose shrewd scheming and political manoeuvre earned him the 2 nicknames, mentioned, “If it materialised (If the election results had been declared), there would have been a coup d’etat which could have been violent. That’s all I can confirm.
“It didn’t happen, thank God for the Maradonic way we handled you guys in the society.”
IBB added that the election “could have given room for more instability in the country.”
When requested if he was pressured by the army or civilians to annul the election, IBB mentioned: “Both.”
He mentioned once more, “Both, the Military, they can do it because they have the weapons to do it. The other is the social agitation.”
On 24 June 1993, Babangida, the then army chief introduced the annulment of the June 12 election broadly believed to have been received by Abiola.
The whole outcomes of the election – although not declared by the electoral physique, National Electoral Commission – indicated a victory for Abiola who defeated Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
According to the primary batch of election outcomes introduced by NEC on 14 June, Abiola received 19 out of 30 states, and the Federal Capital Territory.
He received all of the states of the south-west; three of the seven states within the south-east; 5 of the 9 northern states together with Kano, Tofa’s state; and 4 out of the seven states within the central center belt.
Of the 6.6 million votes that had been introduced, Abiola had obtained 4.3 million and Tofa 2.3 million.
However, Babaginda, who was the army ruler, annulled the election, citing the problem of vote-buying and different electoral irregularities.
The annulment led to protests and political unrest, together with the resignation of IBB and the emergence of a weak interim civilian authorities.
It later culminated within the continuation of army rule within the nation with Sani Abacha attending to energy after a cold coup later within the 12 months.