Sunday, 10 June 2018

Lagos, Ondo, Ogun State has declared June 12 as Public Holiday

The governments of the southwestern states have declared June 12 as a holiday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the annulled 1993 presidential election that was won by the late M.K.O. Abiola

The states include the states of Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and Oyo.

The federal government announced on Wednesday that June 12 would become a national holiday for the celebration of democracy day from 2019, although the day had always been holidays in the southwest.

In Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, said that President Muhammadu Buhari's recent decision to declare June 12 as the new day of democracy would ensure that Abiola and other martyrs of democracy who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to consolidate good government do not do it in vain

"For us in Lagos, June 12 is not just a day to remember, it is a meeting point for those of us in service who must continually strive to strengthen true democracy and good governance, which is what the Chief MKO Abiola exemplified completely. "

In Ogun, the state government announced that June 12 would be a day without work to allow residents to commemorate the Day of Democracy and celebrate the recent granting of a posthumous national honor to Abiola.

In the state of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor, said the day would be held with a public assembly at the International Center for Culture and Events (The Dome) in Akure.

"All public officials, market women, artisans, politicians, clerics, students and residents of the Ondo state from all areas are invited to be part of the historic meeting in honor of MKO Abiola, winner of the presidential elections of 12 June 1993, "Governor said in a statement signed by Yemi Olowolabi.

"It promises to be a fascinating event with a broad focus on June 12: yesterday, today and tomorrow."

The municipal assembly, according to the statement, would be anchored by Kayode Fayemi, former minister of Mines and Steel Development and former governor of the state of Ekiti.

In Osun, the government said that the holiday is to mark the day of democracy in the state

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