June 12 presidential election annulment: Former chieftain of association for better nigeria, abimbola davis dies

A former chieftain of the controversial Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) which primary objective was to keep General Ibrahim Babangida in power and maintain the military administration that has governed Nigeria for so long, Abimbola Davis has been reported dead.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that on June 10, 1993, two days before the Presidential election, the association led by the late Arthur Nzeribe, set the stage for the decision of the military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, to annul the June 12, 1993, election won by Chief Moshood Abiola under the banner of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) despite being adjudged as the freest and fairest election in Nigeria’s history.

The controversial association got an injunction from the High Court in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) from Justice Bassey Ikpeme restraining the National Electoral Commission (NEC) from conducting the election.

Penpushing further reports that, report has it that Davis, a popular Ibadan-based golfer, died at 67 on Friday in his residence in the Jericho area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, as confirmed by his elder brother Azeez Olalekan, popularly called Energy.

The bereaved said the news of the death of Davis, came as a shock, adding that he was still up to his feet on Tuesday after he visited the Ibadan Golf Club to have fun, explaining that he died after developing a medical issue.

‘The news of Davis came to us a shock. This is someone that still had fun with some of his friends on Tuesday after visiting the Ibadan Golf Club. His children are abroad and would host an online conference with the family today to discuss his burial arrangements,” he added.

Penpushing also reports that as at the time of filing this report another source who doesn’t want his name in print confirmed the death, adding that he has been embalmed in a hospital at Ring Road, Ibadan.

The anti-June 12, 1993 Presidential election advocate was born on September 29, 1957, in Ibadan into the family of Adebiyi of the Agboole Onilu (Drummer’s Compound) at Itutaba, Ibadan, and was the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Capital 3 Limited, a strategic and business consulting firm with a focus on retail market development.

Penpushing reports that the late Davis was also the Chairman of Books and Sports Limited, a company with focus on film, documentary production and entertainment, and served as the Chairman of the Policy Commission on Solid Minerals set up by the Nigerian 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.

The late chieftain of the discredited  Association for Better Nigeria(ABN), who is married to Olayinka Apeeti Motunrayo with children was an avid golfer and was also the President of the Pool Players Conference of Nigeria, a pool, snooker, and billiard game affiliated with the World Pool Players Association.

Penpushing further reports that Davis signed Nigeria to participate in the game at the Olympic Games in 2005, the year the game (pool) was registered to be part of the Olympic Games, and also the Executive Chairman of International Psychometric Centre, the first psychometric Centre in Nigeria and Africa in general.

The deceased was a foundation member on the formation of Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) after the Babangida regime abolished all political parties and created two national parties – National Republican Convention (NRC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1991

Penpushing also reports that as at the time of filing this report efforts to get in touch with the newly elected President, Ibadan Golf Club, Seyi Alaba, to speak on death of National Director of the controversial association proved abortive.

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