The Ondo state governorship election holds today, 26th November, 2016.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) will be represented by Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) who emerged winner at the party primaries amidst controversy as party overlord, Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Olusegun Abraham was defeated.
Eyitayo Jegede is the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate after the erstwhile candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim of the Ali Modu Sherriff-led faction of the party was ruled out by the Appeal Court early on in the week. Ibrahim has rejected the court’s decision and has maintained that his name will appear on the ballot today.
Dr Olu Agunloye will be representing the Social Democratic Party (SDP) while Olusola Oke is the Alliance for Democracy (AD) candidate. These are the four major contestants vying the governorship seat in Ondo state, amongst 24 others representing less popular political parties.
A total of 1,280,580 voters have possession of their Permanent Voter Cards and are expected to turn out for the election, although 1,659,186 voters were registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Though a number of PDP stalwarts called on the electoral body, INEC to push the election further by three weeks to allow a proper sorting of all pending court issues against some of the candidates.
INEC has obviously ignored those calls and the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has assured that everything required to conduct a successful election in the state has been set up.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it has deployed 26,000 personnel, 3 helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers and 20 gunboats to the state, to ensure security of lives and property before, during and after the election.
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