Abuja - The judge who pronounced the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Dahiru Saleh, has absolved former military president Ibrahim Babangida, of blame in the decision, Premium Times reports.
Saleh said the former leader did not direct him to annul the end election.
“The former president did nothing of the sort,” said Saleh.
“There were so many cases and I cannot remember all the cases off-hand. There was the case against MKO Abiola and it was before one of my judges; she was Igbo but I can’t remember her name. She started the case, then fell sick and was flown out of the country for treatment.
“Then there was another case against him (MKO Abiola) and I had to transfer the case from the other judge’s court to my court. During that time it turned that Abiola didn’t even finish the case before he disappeared. Later, I learnt he had been arrested by authorities.”
The 1993 presidential election, adjudged to be one of the most credible polls in the country’s history, saw MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party defeating Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention according to Today.
However, a cancellation of the election prior to the final announcement of results threw the country into months of chaos as angry Nigerians questioned the the decision.
Saleh, who was the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court at the time, said Mr. Abiola ought to have challenged his decision at a Court of Appeal but chose not to.
- News 24