Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has declared Thursday, January 27, as a work-free day for both public and private schools in the state.

The announcement was coming a few hours ahead of the ruling All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in the state.

The ruling APC had scheduled Thursday (today) for its primaries.

A statement issued earlier on Wednesday by the Chairman of the APC Committee for Ekiti Governorship Primary, Gov Abubakar Badaru, confirmed that no fewer than 183,000 members would be participating in the party’s primaries on Thursday.

Badaru disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital yesterday during an interaction with the APC aspirants.

In this regard, Governor Fayemi in a statement issued through the State Director of Schools, Mr O.R Ajayi, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, declared that all public and private (primary and secondary schools) are to observe the work-free day.

He directed all Heads of various Schools to ensure compliance with the directive.

APC had adopted direct primaries (Option A4) mode to select its flag bearer in the June 18 governorship election.

The party will be using both primary and secondary school playgrounds as venues for the exercises to select the party’s candidate.

No fewer than eight aspirants had shown interest in the APC governorship ticket.

They include the National Assembly member, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele; former Minister of Works, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye; House of Representatives member, Femi Bamisile.

Others are the immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, Biodun Oyebanji, who is being touted as the anointed candidate of the state governor; former House of Representatives member, Bamidele Faparusi; former governorship aspirant, Kayode Ojo; an Aviation expert, Demola Popoola and Olusola Afolabi.

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