Senate and Federal Government Disagree Over June 12 as Nigeria Democracy Day and Inauguration Day

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President Muhammadu Buhari has earlier announced that June 12 has been declared new Democracy Day in remembrance of the important of June 12, 1993 Presidential election won by Chief Moshood Abiola.

Chief M.K.O Abiola is then honoured with the nation’s highest award, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, GCFR conferred on all Presidents/Heads of State.

Abiola’s running mate, Babagana Kingibe will also get a GCON award.

The president also announced that Chief Gani Fawehinmi will also be awarded the country’s second highest award of the Grand Commander of the Niger, GCON in honour of his role towards actualising the June 12 presidential election.

However, in recent development, the Senate on Thursday, June 7, rejected June 12, as inauguration day of newly elected government officials. The Nigerian Senate, however urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Independent National Electoral Commission to announce the results of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. Read more

The senators also resolved the need to pay all outstanding arrears of salaries and allowances due to holders of their elected offices, to their families.

The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu noted that the constitution needs to be amended if June 12th is declared as Democracy day.

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