Abia Govt declares Dec 18 as public holiday due to forthcoming LG elections

Abia Govt declares Dec 18 as public holiday due to forthcoming LG elections

The Abia State Government has declared Friday, December 18, a public holiday due to the forthcoming local government elections holding in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Abia State Honorable Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who made this known on Wednesday.

According to him, the movement of persons and goods shall be restricted within the state from midnight of Thursday, December 17, 2020.

He, however, revealed that only staff of Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC), security agents, media practitioners, and others on essential duties will be exempted from the restrictions.

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He also urged citizens and visitors to ensure that they maintain peace, law, and order before, during, and after the election.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, December 16, has reiterated the need for restructuring rather than a clamour for a Yoruba presidency in 2023.

According to Makinde, the restructuring and securing every parts of the country was paramount above the person who occupies the presidency.

The governor who was speaking in Ibadan while handing over 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, said politicians should shelve the idea of the 2023 presidency for now and join hands to restructure and secure the country.

“I have heard some of our political leaders jostling around and saying they want to become the president of Nigeria in 2023,” Makinde said.

Continuing, he said: “I think what we need at this stage is to secure our people and restructure Nigeria.

“It does not matter who is the president in Abuja. In a restructured Nigeria, every corner of the country will feel the impact of government. That is what we need.

“May God protect those running around for presidency till 2022. By that time, we will meet and, by then, we will get to know; whether it is a restructured Nigeria or Yoruba presidency that we really need.”

Makinde also lauded the Amotekun Corps; saying the impact of the security agency was being felt all over the state.

“If we cannot get state police now, this country will get there. We have community policing; but we need to do better than that.

“But, in the absence of the state police, we have our own Amotekun Corps; and the operatives are doing very well,“ he added.

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