Chief Frank Ovie Kokori, One-time Executive Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) which chamoioned the actualisation of the June 12 1993 election, and an arrowhead of the June 12 Movement, described the presidential action as the triumph of truth over injustice.
Kokori said:”First of all I thank God for everything, I thank God that today the country has finally come to end that big controversy about June 12 and May 29. We expected that during the eight years of President Obasanjo, with the pressure at that time, with Gani Fawehinmi still alive, he would declare that day the democracy day and make it a public holiday.
“I am the happiest man in this country today because I now realise that the struggle we made, especially my union; NUPENG and PENGASSAN, was not in vain and most of us who suffered terrible deprivation at that time. I am happy to be alive this day.
“Before it used to be only Lagos and some Yoruba state that were recognising June 12, but now it is a national holiday.
“This is to say that no matter how long injustice lasts, at the end of the day, goodness and truth will triumph. That is what has happened to us today. “