A total of 749, 065 voters out of 988,923 registered voters, who have collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Ekiti State are expected to troop out today in the 2,445 polling units in the 177 wards of the state to elect a successor to the outgoing governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
The next governor who will pilot the affairs of the state for another four years is to be elected in the off season election that would be the first to be conducted under the provisions of the new Electoral Act.
16 political parties, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission will participate in this election. Among these parties are the pretenders, those described as election season political parties with little or no presence in the state as well as the serious and visible ones.
The most prominent among the parties that will be on the ballot today however are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Social Democratic Party (SDP), People’s Democratic Party(PDP), Young Progressive Party(YPP), African Democratic Congress(ADC), and Action Democratic Party(ADP). The gladiators in today’s epic battle are, Olusegun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Abiodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Others are Wole Oluyede of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Reuben Famuyibo of the Accord Party, Debo Ranti Ajayi of the Young People’s Party (YPP) and 10 others.
The successor to Fayemi as governor of Ekiti State who voters will troop out to elect today will, undoubtedly have his job cut out for him.
With additional reports from Vanguard