The Edo State Government has declared September 27 and September 28 as public holidays for the conduct of the governorship election in the state.
The rescheduled Edo State governorship election will hold on Wednesday, September 28.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole announced this on Saturday evening at an event organised in his honour by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress in Benin.
The governor explained that the holidays was aimed at providing all eligible voters with the opportunity to relocate to their respective areas of registration.
He said that the work-free days would also allow the voters to exercise their constitutional rights.
Earlier, the leadership NLC commended the Oshiomhole administration, which it said could not be matched by previous administrations.
It also said that it would not want the state to return to what it described as “the years of the holocaust,” adding that the NLC would mobilise its members in support of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Godwin Obaseki.
The state Chairman of the union, Emmanuel Ademokun, listed some of the achievements of the incumbent governor to include the appointment of two permanent secretaries from the organised labour and increment of the minimum wage from N18,000 to N25,000.
According to him, others are prompt payment of workers’ salaries, interventions in the the payment of local government workers, employment of 900 Information Communications Technology staff into the civil service and the building of a twin Labour House.
Ademokun said, “A comparative analysis of this government with others that existed since 1991, when Edo State was created, reveals that the entire past(administrations) could not achieve one-third of what the government of Oshiomhole has achieved since 2008.”
Meanwhile, A group, Forum of Uncommon Women, has condemned the alleged attack on the convoy of the wife of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Idia Ize-Iyamu, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide a level playing field for all political parties.
The group made the call on Thursday after a meeting to assess political developments in the state.
The convoy of Ize-Iyamu’s wife was reportedly attacked on Tuesday during a shop-to-shop campaign in a market in the Etsako Local Government Area.
She was, however, said to have escaped unhurt.
But the Director General of FUW, Mrs. Philomena Ihenhen, urged President Buhari to see the September 28 governorship election as a litmus test of the sincerity of his administration in ensuring a free, fair and credible poll.
“Although the wife of the candidate was unhurt, several women in her entourage sustained various injuries with one or two cars damaged. We condemn this attack and consider it an affront on the entire Edo womenfolk,” Ihenhen said.
She described voters in the state as enlightened residents who were ready to protect their votes.
She also said that the election was critical to the political development of the country, adding that Nigerians, in general, were watching to see its outcome.
Ihenhen added, “The Edo election is a litmus test of the sincerity of the Buhari administration.
“Let it be said for the deaf to hear that Edo people are ready to defend their mandate and will not allow a subversion or corruption of our collective will.”
While calling on security agencies to remain firm in their bid to stem rigging and violence during the election, she also urged them to provide protection for all citizens, no matter their political affiliation.
Ihenhen said, “We are all equal stakeholders in the Edo project, in spite of our political and ethic roots or leanings. We have a right under the law to be served and protected by the security agencies, especially the police.
“A situation where opposition PDP members are hounded, arrested and subsequently detained by security agents is unwholesome, callous and injurious to our polity.”