Chairman of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) Conference, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, yesterday opined that the victory of the All Progressives Congress over the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had finally laid to rest the ghost of the annulled June 12 election.
The former vice presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP), which won the annulled June 12, 1992 presidential election, said Nigerians, who were already fed up with the misrule and non-performance of the PDP, united to remove the party from power.
He said: “In Nigeria, we are living in the very exciting, challenging and interesting times. The divisiveness was an effort made by the political party but it was rejected by Nigerians and the other party that resolved not react accordingly. Efforts at dividing our people will not succeed. People are united in requesting democracy and freedom.
“For me, for the first time since 1992, perhaps Nigerians have purged themselves of the ghost of June 12. Several paradigms manifested. Perhaps now, the ghost of June 12 can rest due to the effort made by all through these years of trials and tribulations.”
Keynote speaker at the event, Major-General Ishola Williams (retd) called for the scrapping of the appellations of ‘Excellency’, ‘distinguished’ and ‘honourable’ ascribed to elected officials and other public servants, saying that most of those officials do not merit the titles.
He lamented how Nigerians were living in poverty despite many resources at the country’s disposal.
Ishola also said it was high time volumes of reports, whitepapers and other documents, before the federal government were implemented.
Also speaking, Chairman and Founder of SCDDD, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, explained that the goal and objectives of the two-day event was to interface with representatives of the international community in Nigeria, leading Nigerian scholars, media experts, party leaders, researchers in the fields of defence, security, extremism and terrorism, economic and political governance, international monetary and financial institutions and other relevant stakeholders, to debate on strategies that would best address issues of security and governance in Nigeria and her immediate neighbours, the sub-region and Africa.
The event attracted highly influential Nigerians and members of the diplomatic community, who played various roles in ensuring that the last general election was peaceful, free, fair and transparent.
Daily post news – culled from: http://dailypost.ng/2015/05/20/apcs-victory-laid-june-12-ghost-to-rest-kingibe/