Thereafter, the conference report wa to a voice vote by the Senate President Bukola Saraki and it was adopted by the Senators.
In the bill, passed by the House of Representatives on November 26, 2018, the current Democracy Day, May 29, was deleted and replaced with June 12.
Ahead of President Buhari’s assent to the bill, the Federal Government had on Monday explained that the May 29, 2019 inauguration of the new administration would be low-key, adding that most other activities have been shifted to June 12.
Since year 2000, May 29 has been observed as Democracy Day and with the National Assembly passed of the Bill now awaiting the Presidential assent, that date will thereafter ceased to be so-addressed
Adjudged to be the freest and fairest polls ever conducted in Nigeria, the presidential election held on June 12, 1993, was annulled by the then Military President and Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.
The acclaimed winner of that election, Chief MKO Abiola, in the struggle to validate the annulled results, was arrested and incarcerated by the military junta of the late General Sani Abacha.
Abiola won the election on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) by defeating his National Republican Convention (NRC) opponent, Alhaji Bashir Tofa.
However, the business mogul, widely acknowledged as the ‘Pillar of Sports in Africa”, died in controversial circumstances on July 8, 1998 while in detention during the administration of former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar.