A former President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo has given what he termed as ‘bad belle’ as the reason for the annulment of June 12, 1993 presidential election presumably won by late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola by former Military President General Ibrahim Babangida.
Addressing some dignitaries that attended his investiture ceremony as a trustee of Abeokuta Club on Sunday, he regretted that the action robbed his native Egba homeland of having produced three heads of state for the country.
Apart from the retired general turned politician, the other son of Egbaland that became the country’s leader was the Head of Interim National Government(ING), Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Obasanjo was honoured alongside the late MKO Abiola used the occasion to recall his days with Abiola who was his schoolmate at the Baptist Boys High School (BBHS) Abeokuta.
The former President said the late politician richly deserved the award bestowed on him by the Abeokuta club.
Obasanjo said: “When Abeokuta Club was in the process of being birthed, things in Abeokuta were not as rosy as they are today. And the sons of Abeokuta who were in Lagos put their heads together in late Chief Sobo Sowemimo’s house to think of what they could do to improve the development of Abeokuta as a city.
“I pay tributes to all those founding members, those who have departed this world and those who are still here.
“I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.
“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.