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IBB Justifies Annulment of June 12 Elections

By Leon Usigbe, Vanguard Daily 24 October 2000

Kaduna—Former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has observed that his annulment of June 12, 1993 election elevated many Nigerians to their current positions of prominence in the polity.

He spoke on the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA) which was monitored in Kaduna yesterday.

Gen. Babangida said it is seven years after the annulment of the June 12 presidential election, yet people keep asking me about it in spite of enough answers I have given.

But you will find out that it is just a group of people who feel aggrieved by the annulment of the June 12 presidential election.

If it were not for the annulment, what would have been their positions today?

June 12 has served as a key to open the door for many Nigerians in positions of authority today.

These beneficiaries of June 12 annulment are not being fair to me.

There are only two dogged fighters for June 12 in Nigeria. They are Chief Gani Fawehinmi and Col. Dangiwa Umar.

There are mere sycophants who have fed fat on June 12, he said.

The former President also commented on his speculated presidential ambition, saying, in the first place, if God ordains one for something, nobody can stop it.

Likewise, if God says no, even if the whole world teams up, it will not change the situation.

Therefore, I am leaving everything to God to determine my political future.