Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has declared Friday, June 12, 2015 as a work-free day in commemoration of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna, on Thursday, June 11, 2015 the Governor said that the date was a watershed in the annals of transparent, free and fair elections in the country.
He said June 12, 1993 was the day Nigerians voted in one voice without ethnic, racial and religious bias, saying it represented the real democracy day when Nigerians said no to voting along ethnic lines.
The Governor expressed regret that 22 years after the annulment, Nigeria still battles the vices which the June 12, 1993 elections sought to end.
He urged Lagos residents to spend the day in sober reflection and in remembrance of the martyrs of the June 12 elections who he said layed the foundation of the present democracy of the nation.
Similarly, in accordance with the June 12 (Declaration As M.K.O. Abiola Day) Law of Ogun State, the Ogun State Government has also made the date a holiday.
In a press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Ogun State Governnor asked for prayers for the continued repose of Chief Abiola whom he referred to as “the martyr of democracy”, and for general political and socio-economic growth of the country.