June 12: APC chieftain accelerates Buhari to declare Abiola president
– President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to declare Chief MKO Abiola as president
– Chief Frank Kokori, former secretary general of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, made the call to the president
– He said he’s in support of Abiola being declared president because he won the June 12, 1993 election
Ex-secretary general of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Chief MKO Abiola president.
The admonition was given by Kokori while on phone with Tribune Online in Warri, Delta state, on Thursday, June 7, Tribune reports.
notes that Kokori, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, said: “Abiola is a president that never was. Yes, Buhari can pronounce him as president.”
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“We’ve always advocated this. He won election and was a president. I’m quite in support of Abiola being declared president with all its entitlements given to him as former president.”
He said that It’s childish to say Buhari should have made the June 12 declaration when he took over in 2015.
He said: “Obasanjo should have been the first person to have written his name in gold, but he did not. Every president would ordinarily like to be popular. Obasanjo had eight years, he couldn’t do it. Ya’Adua couldn’t do it. Jonathan was there, he couldn’t do it.
“I’ve promoted Buhari as part of heroes of democracy. In my book, I didn’t mention him. But I’ve promoted him to be part of heroes of democracy because he’s done the right thing. June 12 symbolizes freedom from long clutches of military rule.”
“I’m the happiest man on earth now. We know what we went through and they (past leaders) were just playing it down for 25 years.”
According to him, as the arrowhead for the actualization of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, NUPENG will soon come out with its proposals and resolutions on what next should be done by the government.