Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has declared Friday, June 12 as a work-free day in commemoration of the annulment of the June 12 1993 elections.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Habib Aruna, on Thursday, the Governor said that the date marked a watershed in the annals of transparent, free and fair elections in the country.

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He said June 12, 1993 was the day Nigerians voted in one voice without ethnic, racial and religious bias, saying it represented the real democracy day when Nigerians said no to voting along ethnic lines.

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The Governor said regrettably, 22 years after the annulment, the Nigerian nation is still grappling with some of the vices which the June 12, 1993 elections sought to confine to the dustbin of history through undue clinging to ethnic cleavages by some political gladiators.

He urged Lagos residents to spend the day in sober reflection and in remembrance of the martyrs of the June 12 elections struggle for laying the foundation of the democracy which the nation is now enjoying.

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The June 12, 1993 election was presumed to have been won by late Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.