MKO Abiola/Photo: Encomium

By Ogbolu George

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has declared Monday as work-free day in the state as remembrance of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections believed to have been won by late Moshood Kashimowo Olawale Abiola.

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This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday by the secretary to the governor, Olalekan Ali.

The governor’s secretary said the anniversary will be to honour the martyrdom of Abiola, who laid down his life for Nigerians to enjoy the democratic dividends of today.

Ogun state

Similarly, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, in a statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, declared Monday, June 12, 2017 as work-free day.

Amosun said the annual holiday is in honour of the late illustrious son of the state, MKO Abiola,

”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,” the statement reads in part.