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MKO Abiola: Lagos, Osun Declare June 12 Public Holiday

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Executive Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode
Executive Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared Friday, June 12 as a Work Free day as part of the 22nd year commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election presumed to have been won by late MKO Abiola, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has declared Friday, June 12 a work-free day.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Habib Aruna, the governor said the date marked a watershed in the annals of transparent, free and fair elections in the country.

‎He described June 12, 1993 as the day Nigerians voted in one voice across ethnic, racial and religious lines, saying it represented the real Democracy Day when Nigerians said no to voting along ethnic lines.

The governor said regrettably, 22 years after the annulment, the Nigerian nation is still grappling with some of the vices, which the June 12, 1993 elections sought to confine to the dustbin of history through undue clinging to ethnic cleavages by some political gladiators.

He urged residents to spend the day in sober reflection and in remembrance of the martyrs of the June 12 elections struggle in prayers for laying the foundation of the democracy which the nation is now enjoying.

In a related development, the Government of Osun State has also declared Friday June 12, 2015 as public holiday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the annulled June 12 ‎presidential election.

A statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said government declared the holiday to mark the day the whole country united to vote a candidate of their choice without religious or ethnic considerations.

The Governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola, said June 12 is significant and central to the development of democracy that the nation is now enjoying.

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