- Governorship aspirants of the APC in Ondo state have begun jostling for the party's gubernatorial ticket
- So far only 10 of them asides from the incumbent state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu have made their interest known
- Other aspirants jostling to secure the ruling party's ticket include Olusola Oke (SAN), Dr. Segun Abraham, Barr. Olanrewaju Kazeem, among others
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Ahead of the Ondo state gubernatorial elections, governorship aspirants within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state have shown interest in vying for the exalted office, Daily Trust reports.
The nation's ruling party has scheduled Monday, July 20, to conduct the primary election to determine which gladiator will represent APC for the October 10 governorship election.
The second term bid for incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu may have hit a brick wall. The governor who is seeking the party’s ticket is facing opposition from other aspirants within the party as they plan to wrestle the power from him.
Efforts are being made to wrestle the ticket from Akeredolu as party members under the auspices of the ‘Unity Forum’ which comprises of opposition groups within the APC announced Olusola Oke (SAN) as its consensus candidate ahead of the primary.
However, Oke's announcement as the consensus candidate appears to be tearing the group apart as some of the members have kicked against it.
Oke, a former member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to APC to contest the last governorship primaries where he came third. He then joined the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and contested on the platform but lost to Akeredolu.
Other aspirants jostling for APC's golden ticket include Dr. Segun Abraham, Barr. Olanrewaju Kazeem, Engr Ife Oyedele, Barr. Bukola Adetula, Prince Dapo Adelegan, Olayide Adelami, Akintunde Awodeyi, Barr. Jumoke Anifowose and Prince Jimmy Odimayo.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria's election umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, May 30, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 oncoming elections in Nigeria.
INEC, however, maintained that though the pandemic would not truncate Nigeria’s democracy and electoral process, the body would rely on instructions passed by health authorities in this regard.
The chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, said this in Abuja, the nation's capital, in his remarks at the commission’s first virtual meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
Similarly, INEC has declared that it would work towards the full introduction of electronic voting in major elections, starting from 2021.
INEC said this in its new policy on conducting elections released amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been calls for electronic voting over the years but some concerns, including the fear of cybercrime, hampered the process.
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