Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, has declared two days holiday for Saturday’s national and state assemblies rerun elections in the state.
The appeal court has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in the three senatorial districts, 12 of the 13 house of representatives constituencies and 22 of the 32 constituencies in the state house of assembly.
In a broadcast on Wednesday, Wike described the election as pivotal to the state, advising the people to elect only who would “stand for our rights and promote our collective interest”.
“I hereby declare Thursday March 17th and Friday March 18th 2016 as work free days in Rivers state to enable workers from the public and private sectors fully participate in the re-run elections and exercise their franchise,” he said.
“Consequently, all public and private offices, including banks must remain closed for the duration of the holidays.