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Judge who annulled June 12 presidential poll die

Dahiru Saleh, the judge who annulled the June 12, 1993 presidential election, is dead.

Saleh was buried at the palace of the emir of Azare around 4:30pm on Thursday.

Until his death, he held the title of “Mutawalle” of Katagum emirate in Bauchi. He was the chief judge of the federal capital territory (FCT) high court.

June 12, 1993 election was adjudged as one of the most credible in the history of the country.

MKO Abiola, the Social Democratic Party candidate, was leading Bashir Tofa, his National Republican Convention rival, by a wide margin but the exercise was cancelled ahead of the final announcement of results.

Saleh had annulled the election based on the order of Ibrahim Babaginda, who was the military president. The decree of Babaginda ousted the jurisdiction of courts so his order was not supposed to have any effect.

The annulment of the election threw the country into chaos as protesters hit the streets, calling on Babangida to step down.

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