Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has given reasons for the annulled the June 12, 1993 election.
The election was widely believed to have been free and fair and won by Moshood Kashimawo Olawale, (M.K.O) Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The annulment of that election led to protests and political unrest across Nigeria, including the resignation of Babangida, giving way for an Interim National Government headed by Ernest Shonekan and the forming of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).
General Sani Abacha ascended power by dissolution of the interim government through a bloodless coup later in the year.
In an interview with Arise TV on Friday, IBB while answering question on why he annulled the election said:
“Do you want me to be honest with you?
“If it materialized, there would have been a coup d’état which could have been violent. That is all I can confirm.
“It didn’t happen, thank God for the Maradonic way we handled you guys in the society.”
The election if allowed to stand “could have given room for more instability in the country.”
When asked where the pressure to annul the election came, military or civilian, he responded:
“Both, the Military, they can do it because they have the weapons to do it. The other is the social agitation.”