The people of Ondo state will be heading to the polls on Saturday, October 10, to elect who will run the affairs of their state for the next four years.
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The politicking that played out in the months and weeks leading up to the election indicates that the Ondo poll is expected to live up to its bidding. Contestants have continued to engage in last-minute scheming to perfect their strategies for the election.
Below are some factors that make the Ondo poll unique:
1. Ondo state has 3,009 polling units, 203 registration areas in all 18 local government areas (LGA) of the state.
2. Out of the 1,822,346 registered voters, only 1,478,460 voters who collected their permanent voters' (PVCs) are eligible to exercise their franchise on Saturday.
3. There are 17 governorship candidates from various political parties contesting in the election.
4. There are three major contenders considered as frontline candidates in the poll. They are Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All progressives Congress APC, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
5. The local government areas that could decide the fate of the election include:
Akure South which is the largest LGA with over 280,000 registered voters.
Ondo West, the third-largest LGA in the state with ova 150,000 registered voters.
Owo LGA from where Akeredolu comes from which has over 119,000 registered voters.
6. The PDP defeated the APC in the 2019 presidential election in the state, indicating that the power of incumbency may not guarantee victory.
7. There are predictions by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that the election may be marred with violence especially in the riverine areas.
Meanwhile, a non-profit organisation and election watchdog, Yiaga Africa, has called the attention of security personnel to some possible flashpoints for violence ahead of the Saturday, October 10, governorship election in Ondo state.
Legit.ng reported that the group said 11 of the 18 council areas are prone to violence, adding that adequate security must be put in place to prevent disruption of the election.
Speaking in Akure, during the pre-election briefing, the co-chair, Yiaga Africa, Aisha Abdullahi, said it was concerned about the seeming helplessness and failure of security agents to curb acts of lawlessness and impunity being perpetrated by armed political thugs and political actors during campaigns.
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