Justice Saleh who pronounced annulment of MKO Abiola’s June 12 election is dead

June 12

Justice Dahiru Saleh who pronounced the annulment of the June 12 presidential election believed to have been won by the late Chief MKO Abiola, is dead.

He died in Bauchi State and was buried in his hometown of Azare in Bauchi, Thursday evening.

Saleh, a Bauchi traditional title holder of “Mutawallen” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi, was the chief judge of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court in Abuja.

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The annulled June 12, 1993 election was believed to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest election uptil that period, and is still adjudged as one of the most credible elections in the history of Nigeria.

Then, MKO Abiola, of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), contested with the candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), and he defeated him by a wide margin, but the exercise was later cancelled by the then head of the military junta, General Ibrahim Babangida, ahead of the final announcement of results.

The Babangida’s decision annulling the election, led to national uproar that made different civil society organisations to call out their members, who in turn mobilised the entire Nigerians for series of nationwide protests.