The Oyo State Government has announced the restriction of movement of persons and goods between 6am and 3pm on Saturday, May 22, 2021, as it conducts its local government elections.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, made this known in a statement issued on Friday in Ibadan.
Adeosun said the restriction would enable voters in the 33 local government areas of the state to participate freely in the elections.
She said the restriction would also enable the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) officials conduct the exercise unhindered.
She directed all registered voters in the state to freely participate in the election and remain law abiding.
The SSG further stated that during the period of the restriction, security operatives would stop unauthorised movements in all parts of the state.
Only persons on essential duties will be exempted from the restriction order.
The public is hereby advised to observe the restriction order to avoid any form of brushes with security operatives.
Indigenes and residents of the state are as well enjoined to go out to cast their votes in line with prescribed guidelines of OYSIEC.
Earlier on Friday, Governor of the state, Seyi Makinde, announced Friday, May 21, as public holiday to enable the state to conduct a hitch-free election.
A statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Makinde approved the holiday to enable residents of the state to participate freely in the council elections.
However, every resident of the state was urged to go about their duties peacefully, while coming out en-masse to their respective voting areas and participate in the election.
The statement read:
His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has authorized the declaration of Friday, May 21, 2021, as a public holiday.
The declaration of the holiday is to enable residents of the state to participate freely in the council elections billed to hold on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
Every indigene and resident of the state is hereby enjoined to go about his or her business peacefully while trooping out en masse to their respective voting areas and perform the civic responsibility on Saturday.