Abiola Lost to Tofa in Southeast – PRNigeria Fact-check Exposes Peter Obi’s Falsehood
By Idris Umar Feta
A PRNigeria fack-check has put a lie to the claims by presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, that late June 12 hero, MKO Abiola, defeated late Bashir Tofa in the southeast despite the latter having an Igbo man as running mate.
The June 12 1993 presidential election pitched Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) against Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
Abiola was in a clear lead as counting progressed when the election was annulled by the military administration of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, Obi made the claim to deny the assertion that southeast people voted along ethnic lines in the February 25 presidential election.
Contrary to Obi’s claim, PR-Nigeria’s online search revealed that the late Tofa won the 1993 presidential election in three southeastern states against Abiola who won one state.
According to a report, Tofa won in Abia with 334,490; Enugu with 349,902 and Imo state with 228,388 votes.
Meanwhile, Abiola won in Anambra by polling 847,274 votes.
Other documented online sources examined by PRNigeria also revealed that Tofa won three states in the southeast against his opponent, Abiola, who eventually won the annulled election.
“The claim by Mr. Obi that Abiola won in the South East against Tofa is therefore false and misleading,” the fact-check concluded.