Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has urged Nigerians, particularly politicians to continue upholding the ideals of the late winner of the historic June 12, 1993, Bashorun MKO Abiola
This he said was necessary for good governance which must be targeted for the benefit of Nigerians.
The governor made the call in his address at the anniversary commemorating this year Democracy Day Celebration with the theme:” Democracy Beyond Abiola and June 12″, Abeokuta.
He was represented by his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, during the celebration at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.
“We are determined to entrench good governance which will further enhance the quality of life of our people. Just as MKO Abiola was neither a sectional leader nor biased in his dealings with everyone he came across, we vow to enthrone transparency in our efforts at taking Ogun State to the height as envisioned by our forebears.
“We pledge to leave no stone unturned in our bid to bring equal socio-economic development to every part of Ogun State. It was creating an equitable society and enlarging opportunities for individuals and societal development that MKO Abiola stood and died for, a vision which we vow to bring to fruition in the state”, Abiodun stated.
In his goodwill message, Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, Olakunle commended President Muhammad Buhari and the Eighth National Assembly for taking a bold step in ”redressing part of the injustice committed by the military in the annulment of the freest and fairest election ever conducted in the history of the country”.
Oluomo, noted that Buhari deserved to be applauded for his assent to the Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill to give legal backing for the commemoration of June 12, as democracy day.
The speaker described the president’s gesture as an affirmation of the noble son of Africa, Nigeria and the South West particularly Ogun State, who championed reparation for the entire Africa.
”Bashorun Moshood Abiola’s victory at the1993 polls as undisputable, hence, his post humours national honour of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR; the highest national honour in the country.
He assured the people of the state and his associates in the human rights world of his commitment, saying he alongside his colleague-lawmakers of the ninth legislature would continue to protect democratic ideals towards engendering good and credible governance for the benefit of the people of the State.
“As one of the foot soldiers of the late human rights crusader, Chief Gani Faweinmi”, he acknowledged the supreme sacrifice which Abiola and other martyrs of democracy paid in the struggle for the actualization of June 12 and the entrenchment of democratic government in the nation.
The speaker assured that the Ninth legislative under his leadership would complement the efforts of the executive arm in the execution of policies and programmes geared towards improving the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the State.