2 Influential Governors Declare Public Holidays for Residents To Do 1 Key Thing Ahead of 2023 Elections

2 Influential Governors Declare Public Holidays for Residents To Do 1 Key Thing Ahead of 2023 Elections

Two state governors have decided to ensure that residents of their states have no stumbling block that could prevent them from collecting their Permanent Voters' Cards (PVCs).

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The decision of the governor is in line with ensuring that no Nigerian with an eligible voter status is disenfranchised in the forthcoming 2023 general election.

Governor Ben Ayade, Biodun Oyebanji, Cross River state, Ekiti state, civil servants
Civil servants in Ekiti and Cross River states have been handed work-free days to enable them to collect their PVCs. Photo: Biodun Oyebanji, Ben Ayade
Source: UGC

The Cable reports that the two governors made the decisions at different intervals on Friday, January 20, by declaring work-free days for all civil servants in their state.

The work-free days are expected to give all the workers an opportunity to visit their wards for the collection of their PVCs.

1. Cross River state

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On Friday, January 20, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state announced the approval of Thursday, and Friday, January 26 and 27, as work-free for all civil servants in the state.

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The governor in a statement released by the commissioner of information in Cross Rivers state, Eric Anderson, said the work-free days would make it possible for residents to participate fully in the 2023 general election.

He also encouraged all the civil servants to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the elections.

His words:

“It is important that members of the public get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in the coming election.
“Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections, get yours now.”

2. Ekiti state

In a similar move, the Ekiti state governor, Biodun Oyebanji aloos declared that Tuesday, January 24, is a public holiday in the state.

The Punch reports that Oyebanji in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Yinka Oyebode, said this is to enable eligible voters to collect their PVCs.

Oyebode's words:

“The governor urges all eligible voters to take advantage of the holiday and collect their PVC which is their licence to participate in the forthcoming general election."

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Nigeria's electoral body, INEC had earlier distanced itself from the controversial allegation made by the PDP over the ongoing PVC distribution.

The PDP had alleged that the electoral commission was conspiring with the APC to compromise the PVC collection process in favour of the ruling party.

INEC in a statement refuting the allegation said it was a deliberate attempt by the PDP to tarnish the image of the commission.

INEC chairman speaks at Chatham House

In another development, the chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu revealed that Nigerian youths will be dominating the 2023 general election.

Mahmood Yakubu said that he is encouraged by the rate at which youths are interested in the forthcoming election.

The INEC boss made this disclosure while speaking at the Chatham House Institute on Tuesday, January 17.

Source: Legit.ng

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