By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has declared Friday, February 15, as public holiday in preparation for the Saturday general elections.
In a statement issued by the supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said, the holiday was declared to allow eligible electorate to prepare and participate in the coming Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“It is understandable that some of the voters in the civil service and public engagement will need to travel to their various localities to vote, hence the need for the holiday,” he stated.
Baderinwa quoted Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to have urged the electorate and other people of the state who will be participating in one way or the other in the election to be of good conduct, peaceful and orderly throughout the election period.
The Governor also charged the people to shun violence and any misconduct capable of undermining the peaceful atmosphere of the state and that the eligible electorate to enthusiastically exercise their civic duty by participating in the election.
“Election is not about violence or brigandage; it is about using your Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to cast vote for a good candidate that will strengthen democracy and good governance. We have come a long way in the state of Osun in terms of development, human capital development, peace and security. This election is another opportunity to vote for the progress and development of the state.”
The government assured the people that law enforcement agencies are also ready to protect lives and property and prevent breach of the peace and disruption of the election.