Gov. Ambode declares June 12 work free day

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday declared June 12 as a Work Free Day in commemoration of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, which was won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, Ambode said the date marked a watershed in the annals of transparent, free and fair elections in the country.

He said June 12, 1993 was the day Nigerians voted in one voice across ethnic, racial and religious lines, adding that it represented the real democracy day when Nigerians said no to voting along ethnic lines.

The Governor said regrettably 22 years after the annulment, the Nigerian nation is still grappling with some of the vices which the June 12, 1993 election sought to have confined to the dustbin of history through undue clinging to ethnic cleavages by some political gladiators.

He urged residents to spend the day in sober reflection and in remembrance of the martyrs of the June 12 election struggle in prayers for laying the foundation of the democracy, which the nation is now enjoying.