Oyo State Government has declared today as a public holiday.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirming the development, said the governor approved the holiday to enable the state conduct a hitch-free local government election.
He urged residents to go about their activities peacefully, while coming out en masse tomorrow to vote.
Adisa said: “Governor Makinde has authorised the declaration of May 21 as a public holiday.
“The declaration is to enable residents participate in the council elections.
“Indigenes and residents are enjoined to go about their activities peacefully, while trooping out en masse to their polling booths to perform their civic responsibility tomorrow.”
The authentic Mogaji in Ibadan land have asked residents to exercise their franchise in the local government election holding tomorrow.
They said they are confident that security of life and property is guaranteed during the poll.
The Mogaji, in a letter by their spokesman, Wale Oladoja, hailed the governor for considering the plight of the people at the grassroots.
He said: “We want our people to come out en-masse tomorrow to exercise their franchise. Everybody should be rest assured that there won’t be crisis during the election.
“The government has put measures in place to ensure security of lives and property before, during and after the poll. We praise the governor for considering the plight of the masses, by conducting elections into local governments.
“We know that local government is the closest arm of government to our people. Governor Makinde has fulfilled his promise. Let us support his administration and make the state great again.”