Justice Dahiru Saleh who annulled June 12 election dies

Justice Dahiru Saleh, Nigerian judge who annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election, has died in Azare, Bauchi state after a brief illness.

Dahiru Saleh annulled the election adjudged as one of the most credible in the history of the country between MKO Abiola, the Social Democratic Party candidate and Bashir Tofa,  National Republican Convention.

Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawallen” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi.

He was the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

What followed was months of protests, which forced Military President Ibrahim Babangida, to finally “step aside”.

Abiola was later arrested by the regime of Abacha and he died in detention for declaring himself winner of that election.

Saleh, while taking responsibility for the annulment in an interview in 2016, faulted the failure of MKO Abiola to appeal his decision.

According to the late judge, he hinged his decision on a midnight ruling on June 11, 1993 by Justice Bassey Ikpeme, which held that the election should not have taken place, to annul the exercise.

 

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