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Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola


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(b. 24 Aug. 1937, d. 7 July 1998).

Nigerian politician Born in Abeokuta of the Yoruba people, he studied at the University of Glasgow (1961–3) before becoming a business manager, advancing to become vice-president of ITT Africa and Middle East, as well as chairperson of ITT Nigeria, 1971–88. He joined the social democratic National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979 and became its chairman in his home state of Ogun. He was chosen to contest the 1993 presidential elections against Babangida. When his victory was clear, the military government annulled the elections and imprisoned him. He died of heart failure days before he was to be released from prison under a compromise negotiated by the UN.

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