A former Senate president, Senator Ameh Ebute has revealed how Chief MKO Abiola was betrayed in series of events that ruined the June 12, 1993, presidential elections in Nigeria.
Speaking to Sun recently, the APC chieftain revealed that the same forces that conspired to kill June 12, have been behind the handing over of power from one administration to the other in the country.
Speaking on his role in the June 12 Sage, Ebute said;
“I became the President of the Senate from the 4th of November to the 17th of November and I was the second in command because there was no vice president for Shonekan. I told you that we formed association to fight against the annulment. That is one. We were criticising Babangida for installing a government with no-go area; for restricting the making of the law to certain minor subjects in the legislative list. We were not allowed to make laws on very important subject matters and of course, we were waiting for the National Electoral Commission to arrange another presidential election, maybe since this one has been annulled by Babangida. That was the promise made to us by the government of Babangida that another election was going to be conducted. So, we were waiting for the next presidential election which never came.
It was after the annulment of the June 12 election that we all started agitating that the government of Abacha should handover the reign of government to Abiola and few months after the annulment, although we were chased out of the Nicon Noga hotel; the National Assembly members, the senators were chased out, about six months later, we reconvened the Senate in Lagos and urged Abacha to handover government to Abiola as the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. And we were put in detention for 50 days and we were prosecuted for felony against the federal government.”
He also went on to reveal the roles, IBB, Ernest Shonekan and Tony Anenih played, saying;
They are many. The personalities are many; the personalities that conspired to be handing government from one to the other are many. You have Babangida, you have Abacha, you have Shonekan, you have Anenih himself. There were allegations that Chief Anenih was privy to what happened, that he sold out. There were speculations to that effect, but you have no evidence against Anenih. But there were speculations that he agreed, he consented to the taking over of government from us.
Ebute also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for conferring national honours on the late Abiola and his deputy, Babagana Kingibe.