June 12: South West States Declare Holiday

The South-West states of Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Lagos, and Ekiti have declared Monday June 12, 2017 a public holiday in commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election.

In Lagos State, arrangements have been made and all set for the commemoration. This was made known by the state Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode who through the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, stressed that June 12 represents a most defining moment of our political history whereby Nigerian voted across divisive lines in what  has been adjudged the freest and fairest election in the nation’s history.

Public analysts and political commentators have over the years called for the replacement of May 29, which is the official Democracy Day, with June 12 because of its great significance in shaping democratic rule in Nigeria.

However, as Nigerians await the Federal Government to do the needful in that respect, some state governments, especially those in the South-West have taken it open themselves to accord celebrate June 12 and accord due respect to the purported winner of that election, late Chief Moshood Abiola for the immense sacrifice he made for the rule of the people.