Family of the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief M.K.O. Abiola on Sunday called on the Federal Government to declare the late politician the winner of the annulled election and pay his accrued entitlement.
Head of the family and younger brother to the acclaimed President, Alhaji Muritala Abiola made the appeal at the commemoration of June 12, 1993 annulled Presidential election in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Muritala argued that if the head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, who held the position for only three months, still enjoys the benefits of a former president, then Abiola deserved even much more for dying for the emergence of democracy in the country.
“First, we want the federal government to declare June 12 as democracy day. They should do even more than that.
“The first thing the family wants is that, for example, Ken Saro Wiwa died fighting for this Ogoni oil spillage, the Federal Government is doing the cleaning up of the oil spillage in Ogoni land.
“MKO was killed because of election he won maybe it is you journalists or the Nigerian government calling him acclaimed winner. He is not acclaimed winner, they should confirm him as slain President of Nigeria.
“Afterall somebody ruled for maybe less than six months, they said Interim National Government. He is still enjoying Presidential privileges, so MKO should be declared President although slain, so all the entitlements belong to the family.”