- The Ondo gubernatorial election will indeed be a tough battle for all candidates
- This is as not less than 17 candidates will have to contend for the position during the poll
- INEC on Tuesday, July 28, revealed that 16 political parties have submitted the names of their candidates for the election
Ahead of the Ondo governorship poll, 17 political parties in the state have submitted the names of their candidates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This means that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has to battle to retain his seat with 16 contenders from other opposition parties.
The development was disclosed by INEC's national commissioner who is also the chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, on Tuesday, July 28, The Nation reports.
Okoye in a statement said: “Seventeen out of the 18 registered political parties gave the commission the requisite statutory notice of their intention to conduct primaries and they conducted primaries for the purposes of nominating candidates for the governorship election.
“As at 4.08 p,m on Tuesday, all the 17 political parties had submitted the list and particulars of their nominated candidates using the INEC dedicated portal.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that female supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo have called on Governor Akeredolu to make his running mate a woman ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
The women who are also members of Aketi group, made this demand during a solidarity rally on Tuesday, July 28, in Akure, the state capital.
The women argued that they have performed crucial functions in socio-political struggles with no recognition or political appointment as compensation, adding that this is not the case in the northern part of the country.
Princess Adebunmi Osadahun, the coordinator of the Aketi Women, speaking with journalists on the issue pointed out that it is only natural for the state to give back to them this time.
Osadahun lamented that Ondo is the only state in the Southwest where the female folks are treated as irrelevant.
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She said: “Ondo state has never had a female senator since 1976. We have had just one woman in the House of Representatives, courtesy of Pa Adefarati."
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