The Osun State Government has declared today (Friday), August 8, 2014 as public holiday to allow voters living within and outside the state capital to travel to their various towns ahead of Saturday’s governorship poll.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere, said the holiday is to enable residents and civil servants, who would be travelling to different parts of the state to perform their civic duties, have enough time to travel without hitches.
He charged electorate in the state to conduct themselves peacefully while travelling to their destinations and at their various polling units during the poll on Saturday.
The commissioner counsel members of the public not to panic with the heavy presence of security operatives in the state, saying they are in the state to ensure their safety and credibility of the election on Saturday.
He added that the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, is committed to security of lives and properties of the teeming populace in the state at all times, saying Saturday would not be an exception.
Akere appealed to the people of the state to troop out en mass to exercise their franchise on Saturday without fear of being intimidated by anyone.
In the same vein, the state government has instructed all OYES cadets across the state not to wear their uniform to the polling units. It also called on security agents to arrest anybody found wearing the uniform, as they will likely be nothing but fake cadets.