Today, 667,064 eligible voters who have collected their PVCs out of 913, 334 registered voters are expected to file out across the 2,195 polling units spread across 177 wards in 16 local government areas of Ekiti State to elect a governor who would be saddled with the mandate of running the state for the next four years.
35 governorship candidates from different political parties are jostling to occupy the governorship seat.
Adequate security has been assured as no fewer than 4, 390 combined forces of soldiers and other paramilitary personnel will be deployed to complement the 30,000 policemen who have been drafted to Ekiti to monitor the election.
The atmosphere in the election week has been charged, anxiety is beginning to set in, the fear of the unknown is palpable, intrigues, permutation, alignment and realignment of political friends and foes are becoming very noticeable. Interest, the determinant factor is beginning to take the front burner.
Adoption and endorsement
The big two, the People’s Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress, which are the major foes in this race tried to court the smaller parties. This became obvious during the Mega PDP rally of the PDP on 5th of July where 18 political parties in the state were said to have pledged their support for the PDP candidate, Kolapo Olusola.
Also, on Wednesday, two days after the APC mega rally on the 10th about 12 political parties adopted the candidate of the party Dr Kayode Fayemi.
Prominent among the parties were: Action Alliance(AA), Alliance for Democracy(AD), African Democratic Congress(ADC), National Conscience Party(NCP), All Progressives Congress(APC), Advanced Congress of Democrats(ACD), National Action Congress(NAC), among others.
However, eight other political parties have demonstrated their intention to go the whole hug and slug it out with those regarded as familiar faces from the two dominant parties. The parties are: Labour Party, Action Democratic Party, Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Accord Party, Independent Democrat, Mega Party of Nigeria, Peoples Party of Nigeria, and Social Democratic Party.