By Ngozi Obiwulu
One of the wives of the late MKO Abiola, the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential elections announced on Friday, June 7, 2013 that she wants to run the affairs of Lagos come 2015.
Modupe Onitiri-Abiola told newsmen that her intention to run for the highest seat in Lagos was born out of her unquenchable desire to assist in the eradication of poverty from the state. However, she is yet to name the party on which she will run.
Daily Post reported Ontiri-Abiola’s speech thus:
‘There should be no more poverty in this state or in this country. There is so much poverty and the situation on ground is extremely terrible, worse than what we thought it was at that time. But I am trying to look at what exactly is in the interest of the people.
What I am trying to do now is eradicate poverty and I know once you remove poverty, you remove everything and for you to be able to remove poverty, you need to have programmes. Some of these programmes include social welfare, free education, free health, affordable homes, good roads, providing for people that are not employed, helping people that are in business and who want to get into business.
When all that is put in place, you will eradicate poverty. Poverty should not exist in this country, not even in Lagos State’.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the annulled elections, generally agreed to have been the freest and fairest in Nigeria, ever.
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