Democracy Day: June 12 in brief

Titi Bamgboye, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the Public Holiday Amendment Bill to confer official recognition for June 12 as the Democracy Day on June 11 2019.

By the Act amended and signed by Mr. President, May 29 is no more a public holiday, rather, June 12 is now the official day to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

All Presidential handover ceremonies shall now be held on the same date.

The election held on June 12 1993 is adjudged Nigeria’s most free and credible election.

The two candidates that contested in the election for the post of president were Moshood Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Alhaji Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC).

In the election, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, a business tycoon and philanthropist won by a landslide.

During elections, Nigeria has adopted the option A4 model wherein voters queued behind their preferred candidate.

Despite the massive victory, the then President, Ibrahim Babangida annulled the result of the election, leading to widespread protests and agitations by Nigerians all over the world.