MKO Abiola: South-West states declare Monday, June 12 public holiday

Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State.

South-West states like Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo had earlier declared Monday a public holiday in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the day.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has declared Monday, June 12, a public holiday in honour of the late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the 1993 Presidential Election.

Other South West states – Lagos, Ogun, Ondo and Oyo states had earlier declared Monday a public holiday in commemoration of the 24th anniversary of the day.

A statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, June 11, Fayose said he took the decision to join his other colleagues in the spirit of the unity of the region.

The Governor, who is a member of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the collective interest of the Yoruba must overcome personal interests.

He said, "Yoruba nation's interest is beyond personal interest of anyone. For us to forge ahead as a people, we must speak with one voice.

"In the light of this, I declare Monday a public holiday to further strengthen our collective belief, hope and aspirations. This, I have done in the spirit of Yoruba nation and South West integration."

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Bashorun Moshood Abiola was denied his mandate as the then military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) annulled the election.

Abiola was later incarcerated by the military junta of the late General Sani Abacha.

MKO died in a mysterious circumstance while in prison a few days after the death of Abacha.

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