The Osun State government has declared Friday, June 24, a work-free day to enable civil servants who have not obtained their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to do so.
This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA.
The statement reads in part: “The Government of Osun State acknowledges the importance of workers in the democratic process, and is aware that the only way workers can give life to their aspiration for a worker-friendly government is through their votes.”
The 2022 Osun State gubernatorial election will hold on 16 July 2022, to elect the governor of Osun State. Incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor Gboyega Oyetola is eligible for reelection and has been renominated by his party.
The primaries, scheduled for between 16 February and 12 March, resulted in Oyetola winning the APC nomination for a second time, albeit amid outcry from his primary challengers.
For the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), longtime internal disputes led to two parallel primaries being held as a faction nominated former senatorial candidate Dotun Babayemi while the faction recognized by the national PDP nominated former Senator for Osun West Ademola Adeleke, the party’s 2018 nominee.
As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) only observed the primary that nominated Adeleke, he is listed as the PDP nominee.