- Democracy Day marks the day the military handed over power to an elected civilian government in 1999
- It marked the beginning of the longest continuous civilian rule since Nigeria's independence from colonial rule in 1960
- The PDP New Generation has joined Nigerians in celebrating the day and highlighting the role played by Atiku Abubakar
The group also hailed the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the role he played in the historic June 12 1993 presidential election.
This was contained in a statement signed by the director-general of the group, Audu Mahmood.
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“We can not talk about the June 12 election and the mandate of Late Chief MKO Abiola without talking about the role Atiku Abubakar played in achieving that mandate.
“It is on record that for the first time in the history of Nigeria’s democracy, a contending aspirant from the north decided to step down for a southerner to actualize his dream of becoming the President of Nigeria.
“This sacrifice made by H.E Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during the 1993 Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential primary election, metamorphosed into the victory of Late MKO Abiola in the presidential election and also contributed to the current stable democracy of Nigeria.
“The spirit of one Nigeria has always been an ideology of Atiku Abubakar since 1993, which is blind to ethnicity or religion.
“As the unifier who is coming to bond the broken union of Nigeria, what Nigerians should aim to achieve in 2023, is exactly what Atiku Abubakar represents, which is one Nigeria.
“Happy Democracy Day Nigeria!”
June 12: Queen Akasoba Duke-Abiola writes heartfelt letter to her late husband
On her part, HRM Akasoba Duke-Abiola (mni), the queen of Kalabari and chairperson Akasoba Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution has written a letter to her late husband, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
The letter which was seen by Legit.ng on Saturday, June 11 is ahead of the 2022 June 12 celebration which is marked as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
In the letter, Queen Duke-Abiola regaled her husband on among other things, the recent political happenings in the country.
2023: GUTS unveils plan, takes sensitization to youths, others
Meanwhile, as Nigerians prepare for the 2023 polls, the Gina Unimke and Trisha Shine foundation, GUTS, has launched a massive plan ahead of the exercise.
In its unveiling statement issued on Thursday, May 5 in Abuja, the foundation stressed the importance of participatory democracy and a credible poll come 2023.
The statement signed by its media coordinator, Mr. Akuma Ukpo, said 2023 was critical for the future of the country and all stakeholders must be committed to ensuring that the future of the country is guaranteed.