The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has declared Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6, 2015 as public holiday in the state.
According to a statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, the holiday is to enable the people of the state to collect their Permanent Voters Card.
The governor urged the people to take full advantage of the public holiday by coming out massively to collect their PVCs, reiterating that it was an opportunity for them to connect with their future through voting for the candidates of their choice.
During a meeting with women groups in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rufus Akeju, said the Independent National Electoral Commission would not disenfranchise any voter by withholding the PVC.
He assured the people of the state that the cards would go round before the close of distribution on Friday.
Akeju said, “INEC is doing its very best and we will see to it that all those who registered will get their PVC by Friday. Without the card, no one can vote, in fact anyone without the PVC has no business at the polling unit on election days.
“All the remaining cards are available in our office and we urge the electorate to visit the ward where they registered to collect the cards. We have realised that some people have refused to come for their cards while they claim that their cards were not ready.
“If you like your country, you will use your voting rights justly, but you can only do that if you collect your PVC.”
Yobe State Government has also declared Thursday and Friday as work-free days to allow all citizens of the state an opportunity to collect their permanent voter cards.
The holiday was communicated in a statement by the Special Adviser to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam on Press Affairs and Information, Mallam Abdullah Bego, on Wednesday.
Bego said the holiday was to enable workers across the state to collect their PVC from the Independent National Electoral Commission in their respective areas.
He added, “His Excellency, the governor urges all workers and people across the state, who have not yet collected their PVC, to use the period to collect their cards as a step towards exercising their civic duty to vote during the forthcoming elections.”
He however said banks and other financial institutions operating in the state could open their doors for business during the two days.