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June 12 annulment mastermind, Abimbola Davies, dies


June 12 annulment mastermind, Abimbola Davies, dies

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A former chieftain of the Association for Better Nigeria, Abimbola Davis, is dead.

ABN, led by Senator Arthur Nzeribe, also now dead, provided military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, the legal grounds to annul the June 12, 1993, presidential election won by Chief MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party.

June 12, 1993 presidential poll was adjudged as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history.

On June 10, 1993, two days before the election, ABN secured an injunction from the Abuja High Court presided over by Justice Bassey Ikpeme to restrain the electoral commission from conducting the poll.

Davis, who was a popular Ibadan-based golfer, died on Friday in his Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo State residence.

Davis’ elder brother, confirmed his death, Mr. Azeez Olalekan, said the news of the Ibadan-based golfer came as a shock, adding that he was still hale and hearty on Tuesday after a session at the Ibadan Golf Club.

He disclosed that Davis died after developing some medical complications.

Another source who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed his death, saying, “He has been embalmed in an hospital in Ring Road, Ibadan.”

All attempts to get the newly elected President, Ibadan Golf Club, Seyi Alaba, to speak on his death proved abortive.

Davis was born on September 29, 1957, in Ibadan into the family of Adebiyi of the Agboole Onilu (Drummer’s Compound) at Itutaba, Ibadan.

He was the Chairman/CEO of Capital 3 Limited, a strategic and business consulting firm with a focus on retail market development.

He was also the Chairman of Books & Sports Limited, a company with focus on film, documentary production and entertainment.

He served as the Chairman of the Policy Commission on Solid Minerals set up by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group in 2005 to chat ways for the progress and development of Solid Minerals in the country during the Nigeria Economic Summit, NES 10.

Davis was an avid golfer and was also the President of the PoolPlayers Conference of Nigeria, a pool, snooker, and billiard game affiliated with the World Pool Players Association.

He signed Nigeria to participate in the game at the Olympic Games in 2005, the year the game was registered to be part of the Olympic Games.

He was married to Olayinka Apeeti Motunrayo with children.