Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has identified “bad belle” as the reason for the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by late Moshood Abiola.
Abiola won the election annulled by then Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida but seen by many as the most credible election in the country’s history.
According to Obasanjo, the annulment robbed Egbaland and Ogun State the privilege of having three of its sons occupying the number one leadership position in the country at different times.
Obasanjo was referring to former Head of Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, himself and Abiola if he was sworn-in as President after the election in 1993 that was controversially annulled.
Using bad belle which is a pidgin slang for jealousy or bitterness, Obasanjo said Egbaland would would have produced the president of the country thrice had IBB not annulled the 1993 election.
Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta on Sunday after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club, a socio-cultural organisation of Egba people of Ogun State.
He said, “When Abeokuta Club was in the process of being birthed, things in Abeokuta were not as rosy as they are today. And the sons of Abeokuta, who were in Lagos, put their heads together in late Chief Sobo Sowemimo’s residence to think of what they could do to improve the development of Abeokuta as a city. I pay tributes to all those founding members, those who have departed this world and those who are still here.
“I want to thank the 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, 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. On this note, I will say on this occasion, I thank the President, the patron and grand patron, members of Board of Trustees, the executive. I want to say this, I will continue to contribute my quota to the development and growth of this club and by extension, the development and growth of Abeokuta, of Ogun State, of Nigeria, of African and indeed the of world in whichever way I could.”