Flash Back: June 12 reflections for Ndigbo


In June 12, 1993 when the Presidential election was conducted.

Southeast had only 4 states of Enugu, Abia, Imo and Anambra states.

The presidential election was between two parties – SDP and NRC.

It was also between an Bashiru Tofa and MKO Abiola.

In southeast, Ezeife was the governor of Anambra state, Okwesirieze Nwodo was in Enugu, Abia was Ogbonna Onu and Imo was Evan Enwerem.

In 1993 presidential election; Ndigbo voted for Bashiru Tofa. He won in Enugu, Abia and Imo states while Abiola won in Anambra state.

Tofa won in 3 states of Southeast because;
1. Abiola made a careless statement that he was going to be Nigeria President without Igbo.
2. Tofa appointed Sylvester Ugo an igboman, his vice presidential candidate.

Yes, Abiola won but he was never President.

Abiola said Igbos can’t stop him from being president, incidentally, it was an igboman that stopped him. It was Arthur Nzeribe that obtained a court order which the General Babangida relied on to annul the June 12 presidential election.

It was because Dr Ezeife who was the governor of Anambra state delivered Abiola in his state that made him join NADECO – a Yoruba pro democracy group that fought IBB and Abacha junta.

Dr Ezeife was a founding member of AD in 1999 before decamping UNPP in 2003.

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