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Like his father 30 years ago, Kola Abiola picks presidential ticket of Nigerian political party

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In what may be considered history repeating itself, Kola Abiola has emerged as the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP).

He is the first child of late Chief MKO Abiola, who won the presidential primary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in March 1993, after beating his eventual running mate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The older Abiola would go on to win the June 12, 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the Ibrahim Babangida military regime.

Almost 3 decades after, Kola Abiola defeated the trio of Usman Bugaje, Patience Key and Gboluga Mosugu to clinch the PRP ticket.

He polled 2,097 votes, while Bugaje came second with 813 votes. Key and Mosugu secured 329 and 263 votes to place third and fourth, respectively.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a total of 3,625 delegates were accredited with 3,519 valid votes and 141 invalid votes.

The collation was said to have been witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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