- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reportedly has an upper hand over the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Ekiti elections
- This is due to a public opinion poll conducted by West Africa's no.1 country-specific polling services, NOIPolls
- The poll was conducted between 18th and 23rd June 2018
Ahead of the forthcoming Ekiti state gubernatorial elections slated for July 14, a new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has pitched Professor Kolapo Olusola, candidate of the PDP in an early 8-point lead over Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the APC.
The poll was conducted between Monday, June 18 and Saturday, June 23, and it sought to assess the preparedness of voters towards the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
According to the poll, from the results of 1,000 randomly selected respondents, all resident in Ekiti state, and interviewed via telephone: Professor Olusola, fondly known as Eleka polled 34%; Dr. Fayemi (JKF) polled 26%; Otunba Segun Adewale of ADP, fondly called Oshaprapra, 7%; and Reverend Tunde Afe of ANRP, 6%.
In addition, there were some candidates who altogether polled 4%, such as: Akinloye Ayegbusi (SDP), David Ayodele Adesua (ADC), Ebenezer Femi Ogunsakin (PPN), Dr. Sikiru Lawal (LP), Sunday Balogun (MPN), Mrs, Ilesanmi Anike Margaret (AP), Temitope Amuda (KP), Tosin Ajibade (ID) and Agboola Olaniyi (AD) amongst others.
The poll also revealed that while 93% of respondents claimed to have obtained their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), 83% were absolutely certain they would come out and vote for the gubernatorial candidate of their choice on July 14.
The poll further indicated that while Professor Olusola appeared to enjoy significant support across the three senatorial districts of the state, Ekiti Central (39%), Ekiti South (36%) and Ekiti North (30%); Dr. Fayemi’s support base was observed mainly in Ekiti South (28%) and Ekiti North (27%) senatorial districts.
Similarly, the poll highlighted Eleka’s support amongst youths aged between 18 and 35 years (39%) and the working-class of ages 36 to 60 years (34%); compared to JKF’s whose support averaged 26% across all age categories.
Interestingly, the poll also revealed a strong female support for Eleka (37%), compared to JKF with significant support from male respondents (28%).
NOIPolls however noted that although Eleka currently leads the race with a significant 8-point margin, the election remains a keenly contested race between the two leading candidates.
NOIPolls is Nigeria’s premier public opinion polling institution, which conducts periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurances that the Ekiti state governorship election slated for Saturday, July 14, cannot be rigged, due to the quality ICT infrastructure in place.
The commission said the notion peddled in some quarters that the election will be rigged runs contrary to the reality on ground.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ekiti state, Abdulganiy Raji, gave the assurance in Ido Ekiti on Tuesday, June 12, during a town hall meeting entitled, Vote not Fight. The meeting was organised to sensitise the youth ahead of the election.
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