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MKO Abiola: If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times – Obasanjo says

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that bad belle people stopped Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO Abiola) from emerging as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after his victory at the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Obasanjo who spoke on Sunday described Abiola as his school mate at the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta. He lamented that the cancellation of the June 12 election had robbed of Egbaland the rare opportunity of producing three presidents.

Obasanjo who was a Head of State and then a two term civilian President spoke during the investiture of Obasanjo as a Trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a socio-cultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State.

MKO was awarded a posthumous vice patron of the club during its 46th President Party held at the secretariat in Abeokuta.

Former President Obasanjo in its reaction noted that Abiola richly deserves the award bestowed on him.

“I want to thank the (Abeokuta) club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate MKO Abiola which he richly deserved.

“Kabiyesi, the Alake (of Egbaland) alluded to it. Normally when you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle (hatred), Abeokuta would have produced President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.

“But be that as it may, we have a great heritage and we should be proud of our heritage.”

Chief Ernest Shonekan who was a former Head of Interim National Government is also from Egbaland. MKO’s emergence would have made him the third son of Egbaland to govern Nigeria.

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