Today is the D-Day for the Ekiti State gubernatorial election. The people of the State are expected to match out in thousands to elect the person that will succeed the incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi, who is expected to bow out of office on October 16, 2022, after serving two terms as the Governor of Ekiti State from 2010 to 2014 and 2018 to 2022.
For today’s gubernatorial election holding in the 16 local governments of the state, 988,923 registered voters according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will participate in the poll that will hold in 2,445 Polling Units in 177 Registration Areas, three Senatorial Districts, six Federal Constituencies and 26 State Constituencies across the states.
A total number of 16 candidates and parties are contesting the governorship election. They have all campaigned in the last few weeks, selling their candidature and manifesto to the people of Ekiti State, telling the electorate why they should be elected as the next Governor of Ekiti State.
The gubernatorial candidates are Biodun Oyebanji of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC); Olabisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olusegun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Reuben Famuyibo of Accord (A).
Others are Ajagunigbale Olajide of African Action Congress (AAC), Oluwole Oluyede of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Elebute-Halle Kemi of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Benjamin Obidoyin of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Fagbemi Adegbenro of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Christiana Olatawura of All People’s Party (APP).
Also in the governorship race are Daramola Olugbenga Onile of Labour Party (LP), Fatomilola Oladosu of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Iyaniwura Ifedayo of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Agboola Ben of the Peoples Redemption Party, Adebowale Oluranti Ajayi of Young Progressives Party (YPP) and Adeolu Akinyemi of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Though 16 candidates are taking place in today’s election, the contest has been narrowed down ta o three-horse race – Oyebanji, Kolawole and Oni. While Oyebanji of APC is contesting to succeed Fayemi and continue the APC administration in the state, Kolawole of PDP and Oni of SDP are working hard to end the reign of the ruling party in Ekiti State.