Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has declared Monday as a work-free day in honour of the winner of the June 12, Presidential election, the late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Segun Ajiboye, in Akure on Saturday.
He said the state governor, RotimiAkeredolu, recognised the supreme sacrifice paid by Abiola who laid the foundation for the current democracy in the country.
Akeredolu noted that Abiola’s supreme sacrifice culminated in the hurried departure of the military from the political scene in 1999.
As part of the programmes lined up to celebrate the day, the government is organizing a lecture, with the theme: “June 12: A celebration of courage and resilience”.
The event will hold at the International Events and Culture Centre (The Dome) in Akure.
Eminent Nigerians, including notable activists are lined up to grace the event. Hon. Wale Oshun is chairman of the occasion, while human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, will be the guest speaker.
Similarly, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, has declared Monday as public holiday in honour of the winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election, the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
In a statement issued on Sunday in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said he took the decision to join his other colleagues in the South West in the spirit of unity of the region.
Youruba nation’s interest is beyond personal interest of anyone. For us to forge ahead as a people, we must speak with one voice.
In the light of this, I declare Monday a public holiday to further strengthen our collective belief, hope and aspirations.
This, I have done in the spirit of Yoruba nation and South West integration.