Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 12: OPC, Kalu, Odumakin demand social justice


The Oodua People’s Congress, former Governor Orji Kalu and President, Campaign for Democracy, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, have demanded social justice, equity and fair play in Nigeria.
They said this during a lecture to commemorate  June 12, 1993 presidential election won by late Chief MKO Abiola organised by OPC in Lagos on Wednesday.
Specifically, Kalu, who was the Guest Lecturer, said Nigeria was a country built on injustice and inequity and which had been trudging on a faulty foundation.
Speaking on the theme, ‘20 years after June 12: Options for Survival’, Kalu said June 12 was one exercise that had the potential of moving Nigeria forward but had sadly become its albatross.
He  also urged the National Assembly to amend the electoral act to make all elections hold in one day, saying it is cheaper for the country.
Kalu said, “Let us nurture our democracy to full stature. In that way will the lessons of June 12 be fully learnt. In that way will Abiola would not have died in vain.”
National Coordinator, OPC, Chief Gani Adams, said June 12 represented ballot integrity, stressing that it was a day Nigerians spoke in one voice and went beyond primordial interest.
He said, “While we continue our fight for justice, fair play and equity, I also wish to call on Nigerians to rededicate themselves to genuine democracy and work for a better and greater country that we can all call our own.”
Okei-Odumakin said justice was key to peace, urging the Federal Government to promote justice and equity in the country.
“We cannot continue to ask for peace when there is no justice. MKO Abiola died for unity and peace of the country,” she said.

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