Kudirat Abiola Corner
Backstory and Context
In 1993 Nigeria held its first democratic presidential elections in a decade. Preparations for the elections had taken three years because of delays by Ibrahim Babangida's ruling military government, which had come to power via coup d'etat in 1985. Anticipation and expectations were high for the 1993 elections, but before a winner could be officially announced, Babangida declared the elections annulled. It was widely known that a wealthy businessman Moshood Abiola had handily won the election. He would later claim that he took this action because he feared the new civilian regime would be toppled by a coup. Incidentally, within months the non-partisan transitional regime Babangida installed was overthrown by a coup before it could conduct new elections. General Sani Abacha assumed power, dissolved all democratic institutions, and imprisoned Moshood Abiola when, in 1994, he declared himself the rightful president of Nigeria.