Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
National Chairman of National Action Council (NAC), Mr Olapade Agoro, on Saturday, said Mr MKO Abiola, presumed winner of June 12th 1993 Presidential election, was not officially declared as the winner of the election and not sworn in as President.
Agoro in a statement issued on Ibadan, said it would be wrong and it would amount to an illegal act for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare him as former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Agoro maintained that the June 12th 1993 election "ended inconclusively and with no actual declared winner", hence it would be wrong for Buhari to declare Abiola as former President of Nigeria.
He said, "The fact and reality of the matter must be faced by all of us, hate it or like it, pure and simple, the June 12th Presidential election ended inconclusively and with no actual declared winner".
He added that since Abiola was not declared as winner of the election and not sworn into office as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is illegal for Buhari to declare him as former President.
He said, "Abiola was not officially declared as the winner of the June 12 election and was therefore not officially sworn into office as President and Commander-In-Chief of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"The honour done to award him the GCFR title was no doubt in recognition of the highest price Abiola paid by laying down his precious life for the cause of democracy in Nigeria.
"It will therefore be stupid for anybody or group of people to be lured into the game of deceivers aimed at catching the South West peoples' vote.
"That the Senate wants Abiola declared as Ex- President must be seen as an euphoria of the moment".