All is now set for residents of Ekiti State to choose their governor who will steer the wheels of the state for another four years.
A total of 35 political parties are fielding candidates for today’s election.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), although Ekiti State has about 913,334 voters, only about 646,000 collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), with about 250,000 cards still in the commission’s vaults.
Since only registered voters with PVCs will be allowed to vote, maximum number of votes expected in total is about 646,000.
The elections will be held in 2,195 polling units with the final result announced at the INEC secretariat in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Although, there are 35 candidates, the election is expected to be a straight battle between a former state governor, Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress, and current deputy governor, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party. The contest is thus between the clamour for change and the demand for continuity.
Other candidates in the election include Ayodeji Ayodele (APGA); Sikiru Lawal Tae (LP); Abiodun Aluko (A); Jeremiah Omoyeni (MPN); Shola Omolola (AA); Agboola Olaniyi Ben (AD); Afe Babatunde (ANRP); Segun Adewale (ADP); Bode Olowoporoku (NDPC); Dare Bejide, (PPN); Tosin Ajibare (ID); Olajumoke Saheed (DA); Temitope Omotayo (YPP); Tope Adebayo (APDA); Akinloye Ayegbusi (SDP) and Saheed Jimoh (APA).
Others include Oribamise Ojo (AGAP); Olanrewaju Olalekan (DPC); Adegboye Ajayi (BNPP); David-Adesua Ayodele (DA); Sule Olalekan Ganiyu (FJP); Adewale OlusholaAkinyele (GPN); Akerele Gbenga (DPP); Amuda Kazeem (KOWA); Jegede Olabode Gregory (MMN); Babatunde Alegbeleye (NDLP); Oladosu Olaniyan (NPC); Ayoyinka Oluwaseun Dada (PDC); Animashaun Goke (PPA); Adeleye John Olusegun (UDP); Gboyega Jacob (UPN) and Fakorede Ebenezer (YDP).
To ensure effective monitoring of the elections, local and international observers have been deployed to the state. These include about 100 well trained observers deployed by a partnership between the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ).