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Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola has charged eligible voters in the state to go out and exercise their franchise during the February 16, 2019 general elections, assuring them of adequate security of their lives and property before, during and after the elections.
This urge came as the state government declared tomorrow, Friday, February 15, a public holiday to enable eligible voters in the state, especially the civil servants to prepare and participate in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
“It is understandable that some of the voters in the civil service and public engagement will need to travel to their various localities to vote, hence the need for the holiday,” a statement issued on Thursday by Adelani Baderinwa, the Supervisor, Ministry of Information and Strategy in the state revealed.
The statement quoted Governor Oyetola as urging electorate and other people of the state who will be participating in one way or the other in the election to be of good conduct, peaceful and orderly throughout the election period.
Governor Oyetola charged the people to shun violence and any misconduct capable of undermining the peaceful atmosphere of the state. The governor charged eligible electorate to enthusiastically exercise their civic duty by participating in the election, stressing that security agencies would be available to protect them.
“Election is not about violence or brigandage; it is about using your Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to cast vote for a good candidate that will strengthen democracy and good governance. We have come a long way in the state of Osun in terms of development, human capital development, peace and security. This election is another opportunity to vote for the progress and development of the state.
“The government assures the people that Law enforcement agencies are also ready to protect lives and property and prevent breach of the peace and disruption of the election.
The government wishes all a happy holiday and a successful and peaceful election,” the statement further reads.