Sunday, June 11, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - STAR INFORMATION: Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Ondo, Oyo and Ogun Declare June 12 Public Holiday

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Bolaji Aluko



Fayose Declares Monday Public Holiday to Mark June 12 Anniversary

Posted by African Examiner Sunday, June 11th, 2017


Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has declared tomorrow, Monday, June 12, 2017 as Public Holiday to mark the 24th year of the June 12

In a statement issued on Sunday,  the governor said it was in the spirit of a united Southwest States and the Yoruba nation agenda to speak with one voice at all times.

Governor Fayose, who made the declaration in a state broadcast, noted that his action was in line with the united spirit of the Yoruba nation.

According to him, his administration is taking the step for the first time to align with other South west states that had done the same, noting that "the interest of the people being represented supersedes political or economic interests."

He said, "we will continue to represent the interest of our people in line with proper collaboration and unity of purpose of the South Western states."

Fayose noted that the struggle for June 12 will continue and be passed on to the next generation until it is recognised nationally.



Osun Declares Monday, June 12 As Public Holiday

The Government of Osun State has declared Monday as public holiday to commemorate the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

This is contained in a release signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa in Osogbo on Friday, June 9, 2017.

"The public holiday is to commemorate the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by the late business mogul, late Bashorun MKO Abiola, but was annulled by the General Ibrahim Babangida junta."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the government of Osun under Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has been celebrating the day since 2011



June 12: Lagos declares tomorrow public holiday

— 11th June 2017

…Says State Remains Committed To Ideals Of The Annulled Elections

By Moshood Adebayo

The Lagos State government has declared tomorrow public holiday, to mark the 24 years of the annulment of the historic June 12, 1993 Presidential Election.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello on behalf of the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the government said the holiday was in honour of the ideals which June 12, 1993 Presidential election represents.

The governor said the state remains committed to the ideals of the annulled presidential election, adjudged, the freest and fairest in the country.

He said 24 years after, the ideals of June 12 commemoration were worth celebrating, describing the day as one of the most defining moments of the country's political history which has positively shaped its democratic rule.

The governor said the time had come for Nigerians to go beyond the commemoration and entrench a viable democracy as a way to immortalise the late presumed winner of June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief M.K.O Abiola through the practice of true federalism and conduct of credible and fair elections.

His words: "June 12, 1993 is a day we must not forget in the annals of our democratic history. Our present democratic experience may still be far from the ideal but we must all make concerted efforts to entrench fiscal federalism which is the only way to achieve true nationhood."

According to Ambode, part of the enduring lessons of the June 12 election was that it imbued the patriotic and nationalistic zeal in all Nigerians to speak with one voice to make a political choice devoid of ethnic, racial or social sentiments.

"On June 12, 1993, majority of Nigerians across all divides demonstrated through the ballot box that irrespective of class or ethnic sympathies, the Nigerian people are united and would always join hands to promote our unifying values," he said.

"Alhough the peoples' hope was dashed with the annulment of the elections by the military junta, the lessons of the elections cannot be wished away despite subterranean efforts by many to do, describing June 12 as the real Democracy Day in Nigeria.

"We owe it a duty to genuinely immortalize the fallen heroes of the June 12 struggle nationally and deepen our democratic values to ensure that never again will such anti-people action be allowed to take place".

He also assured that his administration remains committed to the ideals of June 12 by carrying out people-oriented programmes across the State and making life more comfortable for the people.

Meanwhile, the State Government, through the office of Civic Engagement, has perfected arrangement for the annual public symposium which will hold today at the De Roof, LTV 8 in Ikeja, to celebrate June 12.




Ondo state government has declared Monday as a work free day in honour of the winner of the June 12, Presidential election, the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, to the state governor, Segun Ajiboye, who said the state governor, Mr.  Rotimi Akeredolu, 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.

As part of the programmes lined up to celebrate the day, the state 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.

Akeredolu has directed politicians across the country to always demonstrate their unquenchable love for the country.



MKO Abiola: Oyo, Ogun declare June 12 public holiday

By Staff Writter - June 9, 20170


Oyo and Ogun State Governments have declared Monday, June 12, 2017 as work-free day in the state.

Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli in a statement made available to journalists on Friday said Governor Abiola Ajimobi approved Monday as work-free day to commemorate the annulment of the anniversary of the June 12, 1993 elections, generally believed to have been won by late Chief MKO Abiola.

He said the government will use the anniversary to honour the martyrdom of Chief Abiola, who laid down his life for Nigerians to enjoy the democratic dividends of today.

Similarly, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has declared Monday, June 12, 2017 as work-free day.

A statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the annual holiday is in honour of the late illustrious son of the state, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, widely believed to have won the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election, which marked a unique watershed in Nigeria's democracy.

The statement reads in part, "This year's celebration will feature the annual 'Democracy Walk', which will be led by the governor, starting from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 7am.

"The walk is expected to take participants through major roads in the state capital to the Abiola family homestead at Oke-Ido, Gbagura, Abeokuta North Local Government Area, where special prayers and speeches will be made.

"Later in the day, an inspirational stage play, 'Oju Kelekun' (farewell to reproach), directed by Prof. Bakare Ojo Rasaki, will be performed at the June 12 Cultural Centre, between 3:45 and 6:00pm."


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