June 12 Annulment: I did the right thing in the general interest of Nigeria, Says Babangida

June 12 Annulment: I did the right thing in the general interest of Nigeria, Says Babangida

  • General Ibrahim Babangida, former Nigeria military head of state has expressed his views and cleared the air concerning Nigeria's fairest election, the June 12, 1993, presidential election
  • Decades after, Babangida said the annulment of the presidential election was for the overall interest of Nigeria hence a coup d’etat would have occurred
  • The ex-Nigerian leader stated further that his decision was made on the need to prevent a coup in the country, adding that the decision taken was a collective one

Minna, Niger - Former head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida has expressed his views on the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.

Channels TV reports that the annulment of the election was in the general interest of Nigeria.

Former military head of state, General Ibrahim Babangida
June 12 Annulment: I did the right thing in the general interest of Nigeria- Babangida. Photo credit: @Naibin PDP
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Speaking during an interview on Monday, August 16, the ex-military president, decades after the election blamed his decision-making process on the need to prevent a coup within the countryby some .

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Babangida said that:

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“It’s a decision we took. I had to take that decision, I did that to the best of my knowledge, in the interest of the country."

Recall, in August, Babangida revealed that if he had not annulled the election, a coup d’etat would have occurred. The revelation stirred criticism from some Nigerians, including Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Cable report indicates.

Babangida explained further that his intention was for the poll to hold in November 1993, after the interim government headed by Ernest Shonekan.

According to him, the agreement reached by politicians and groups was for the same set of contestants to recontest in the scheduled polls.

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