2nd June, 2010
The Odu’a Peoples Congress (OPC) has urged the Federal GovernmentÂ to declare June 12 of every year a public holiday in recognition of the unity displayed by Nigerians in the 1993 presidential election.
The congress’sÂ National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olusola Ajayi, in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, also implored the government to declare the day `Unity Day’.
The annulled 1993 presidential election is generally considered the freest poll ever conducted in the country.
Politician and business mogul, the late Chief MKO Abiola, was theÂ presumed winner of the presidential election, which was later annulled by the military government.
Abiola died in detention in 1998.
The OPC also appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to immortalise Abiola by naming a significant project after him as has been done for many prominent Nigerians.
The congress said that the president could make history by organising the first truly credible election in the Fourth Republic.
It also advised that the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme be handled with due diligence by honouring the terms of disengagement reachedÂ with the militants.
“Since the boys dropped their arms because of the initiative of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, there is need for the government to show commitment to the terms of the agreement,” Ajayi said.
According to the OPC, other matters that demand urgent attention from the Presidency include solving the energy crisis in the nation and waging a concerted war against corruption.
The OPC also advised the government to issue a directive stopping the PHCN from implementing its new tariff until power supply becomes stable.