Gunshots have been fired from the palace of the king of Ifaki, hometown of Chief Segun Oni, Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the ongoing Ekiti governorship election.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Bisi Kolawole at Ward 8 unit 1, Efon Alaaye, casting his vote in the ongoing Ekiti State guber election.
The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Segun Oni, arrives the polling unit in his hometown, Ifaki, ward 4, unit 6.
The SDP, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, are considered major challengers in the election.
Voting has commenced at various Polling Units in Ekiti State, while accreditation is still ongoing at some others.
This is Pa Sunday David Ogundele being assisted as he casts his vote.
According to. him, he started voting in 1964.
Although he could not say his exact age, the man said he is above 80. He is visually impaired and walks with the aid of a stick.
Voters in Ado Ekiti, precisely those at Polling Unit 001, said “No to Vote Buying”. According to them, they won’t trade their votes for money to cook a pot of stew.
The Ekiti State governorship election holds today, Saturday, the 18th of June, 2022.
The main contenders in terms of political parties are the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Segun Oni is bearing the flag of the SDP, Olabisi Kolawole is the candidate of the PDP, while the ruling APC has Biodun Oyebanji as its candidate.
Although the election has been seen as a three-horse race, other political parties such as the Young Progressives Party (YPP) with its candidate, Ranti Ajayi; African Democratic Congress (ADC), represented by Oluwole Oluyede; and the Action Democratic Party ADP, with Kemi Elebute Halle, cannot be regarded as pushovers.
All mentioned six governorship candidates are in the race to succeed Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and had battled it out in a debate held in Ado-Ekiti last Saturday where they made their plans and policies known to the people of the state.
Oni promised to focus his attention on job creation, saying that over 100,000 jobs would be created in his first year in office, while Ajayi, on his part, emphasized wealth creation.
Elebute-Halle, the sole female candidate in the race, said she will prioritise security if elected governor of the state while Kolawole of the PDP said he has always been an independent-minded person, following allegations that he is Ayodele Fayose’s aide.
For ADC’s Oluyede, he is in the contest to correct many wrongs in the state, while Oyebanji of the APC said his experience both as the immediate past secretary to the state government and former commissioner for budget and economic planning will help him achieve speedy success if elected governor.
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