25 September 2016
The Edo State Government has declared September 27 and September 28 as public holidays to enable electorate to participate in the September 28 governorship election.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole announced the reprieve at a grand reception organised by the labour union for him.
He said the holidays would enable workers to travel to their places of registration and participate in the voting on Wednesday.
On the support given to him by labour, the governor expressed delight in the constructive criticisms offered by the union in the last eight years, adding that they helped in shaping his policies.
“In spite of their contestation sometimes, both parties have always found a meeting point to bridge their differences,’’ he said.
He urged members of the union to extend same support to the APC governorship candidate by voting en-masse for him on September 28.
According to him, the APC governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has undergone tutelage in governance under the outgoing administration and therefore fit to rule.
He said there was the need to reciprocate the union gesture, adding that to do this, the union should ensure that Obaseki was returned as governor.
He also said the state civil service had been upgraded, adding that the migration to pension services was now smooth.
“Retirees can now begin to access their pensions immediately they retire and there is no need for tranches again,’’ he said.
The governor, however, advised the APC governorship candidate not to abandon the workers if elected.