The Federal Government has been urged to rename the Aso Rock Presidential Villa after the winner of June 12 1993 Presidential election, Chief M. K. O. Abiola.
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Moshood Kasimawo who also supported the call for a Sovereign National Conference made the demand on the 19th anniversary of June 12 1993 Presidential election.
“June 12 is the real Democracy Day, I am calling on the Federal Government to declare it a national public holiday”, he said, adding that “we need to sit down and look at how we want the country to be governed, we should bring the best of our brains to chart a pathway for this country, we should also talk about the sharing formula, which is nothing to write home about”.
Family of the late M.K.O Abiola, a civil society organization, Coalition of Democratic Formations and other civil society groups also called on the Federal Government to truly immortalise Abiola by declaring him President.
The group also stated that it is the only and legitimate way to right the wrong done not only to Abiola but to Nigerians who have endured all the hardship inflicted by the State since the annulment of the 1993 Presidential election.
General Secretary of the coalition, Nelson Ekujumi noted that it was unfortunate the over 14 million votes were treasonably annulled by the military junta led by General Ibrahim Babangida and its conspirators.
The group however called that Nigeria should return to true federalism and convoke a sovereign National Conference.
Recently, President Goodluck Jonathan renamed the University of Lagos (UNILAG) after Chief M.K.O. Abiola but the decision was greeted by protests by students and authority of the institution. The President has however written the Nigerian Senate to formerly ask for the name change against the wish of the majority of the stakeholders.