Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) has once more reflected on the annulment of the June 12 1993 Presidential Election, saying if it had not been annulled, there would have been a bloody coup.
MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC) contested the election.
Even though Abiola was leading, according to the results of the election which trickled in, the exercise was called off before an official announcement was made.
As a result, many took to the streets in protest.
But speaking in an interview with ARISE TV on Friday, IBB said the coup didn’t happen owing to the “engineering and the Maradonic way we handled you guys in the society.”
The June 12 presidential election was adjudged the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s history.
The acclaimed winner of the election was honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari who also declared June 12 as Democracy Day.
Asked to comment on the annulment of the election, IBB said, “You want me to be honest with you? If it materialised, there would have been a coup d’etat which would have been violent, that’s all I can confirm.”
“That could have given room for more instability in the country,” he said, adding that the pressure was both from the military and outside.