Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to expunge the use of ‘presumed winner’ in recognising the Late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola as the winner of the 1993 presidential election.
NLC acting President, Comrade Solomon Adelegan, in a statement issued in Abuja, argued that since there was no contestation against Abiola’s victory at the polls, the adjective ‘presumed’ should be outrightly expunged, while addressing him as the winner of the 1993 presidential election.
“While we commend the federal government for honouring the contributions of Chief MKO Abiola, Chief Gani Fawehinmi and Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe to the deepening of our democratic culture, we however, object to the choice of “presumed winner” in describing the victory of MKO at the 1993 presidential elections.
“Since there has never been any contestation about the victory of MKO Abiola at the 1993 polls, it is only logical and honourable to expunge the use of “presumed winner” from official and reportorial narrative of the cruel annulment of June 12, 1993 election.
“In any case, government’s recent action in honoring Chief MKO Abiola makes irrelevant the use of the word “presumed” in describing his victory at the 1993 presidential polls.”