INEC Releases Final List Of Ekiti Governorship Election Candidates

File photo of INEC officials with election materials in Ekiti state.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the final list of candidates for the Ekiti governorship election slated for June 18.

The list includes 16 governorship candidates vying for the position.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.

He said the list was released in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 and following the close of nominations by political parties.

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“On Wednesday 16th February 2022, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published the personal particulars and list of candidates (Form EC9) for the Ekiti State Governorship election in our State and Local Government offices as required by law.

“In compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission hereby publishes the final list of candidates for the election following the close of nominations by political parties.

“The Commission wishes to remind political parties that under Section 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022, any party that observes that the name of its candidate is missing from the list “shall notify the Commission in writing, signed by its National Chairman and Secretary, supported with an affidavit not later than 90 days to the election,” the statement read in part.

Okoye in the statement said the attention of parties is drawn to Section 32(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, which provides that failure to notify the Commission “shall not be ground to invalidate the election.”

The final list is published in INEC State and Local Government offices in Ekiti State as well as their website and social media platforms for public information as required by law.

Political parties are enjoined to note the provision of the law for compliance.

 

See the full list of the candidates below…

 

INEC Announces Dates To Conduct Ekiti, Osun Governorship Elections

A file photo of an INEC official carrying a bag with electoral materials.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the dates to conduct the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement on Wednesday at the meeting of the commission held at its headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“In keeping with our policy of announcing the dates of elections in advance to enable early and effective preparations by all concerned, the Commission has approved that the Ekiti State Governorship election will hold on Saturday, June 18, 2022, while the Osun State Governorship election will hold one month later on Saturday, July 16, 2022,” he said.

Professor Yakubu added, “Looking to the near future, the Commission is preparing to conduct the remaining off-season end of tenure elections ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“Already, activities listed in the timetable for the Anambra State Governorship election are being implemented. So too are those of the FCT Area Council election holding on February 12, 2022.”

He informed the meeting that the detailed Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the two governorship elections have been uploaded on the website and social media platforms of the electoral umpire.

 

The INEC boss, therefore, appealed to political parties and aspirants to ensure rancour-free primaries and conduct peaceful electioneering campaigns.

He stated that the history of creating and expanding polling units in Nigeria has been long and complex, noting that their adequacy and accessibility, in terms of number and location across the country, were some of the challenges that had to be addressed in the interest of credible elections.

As a result, Professor Yakubu said INEC has converted the existing voting points and voting point settlements in various parts of the country to polling units.

Following the latest development, he unveiled a total of 56,872 new polling units, saying Nigeria now has 176,846 full-fledged polling units.

The INEC chairman blamed the establishment of voting points and voting point settlements on the several unsuccessful attempts to create additional polling units.

He revealed that the commission has relocated many polling units from inappropriate places to public buildings accessible to voters, polling agents, observers, and the media during elections.

Jubilation In Isan Ekiti As Fayemi Wins Governorship Election

Family and friends in Fayemi’s home in Isan Ekiti, celebrate his Victory

 

Residents of Isan Ekiti town of Ekiti State, the hometown of the winner of the state 2018 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi, as well as his friends and family, have continued to jubilate over his victory.

While his supporters were seen dancing and praising God outside his home for the result of the polls, he (Fayemi) was seen inside, celebrating with close friends and family.

The Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC), declared Fayemi as the winner of the election in the early hours of Sunday after securing 197,459 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 178,121 votes.

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Addressing journalists, the governor elect said the victory at the polls was a demonstration that the Institutions are functioning, and Nigeria’s Democracy is working.

He commended INEC and security agencies for their conduct in ensuring that there was no violence.

Furthermore, he urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith and ensure that the nation commits fully to democracy and not autocracy.

He also promised to restore values in the state, return to decorum and civility as well as respect for elders.

The buildup to the election was filled with drama and heightened expectations  leading to fears of violence, with more than 30,000 policemen eventually deployed to provide security.

It, however, started and ended rather smoothly except for cases if card readers malfunctioning in some Polling Units.

Protect Your Votes Even If They Cut Your Neck, Fayose Tells Party Agents

The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has asked agents of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to ensure they protect their votes in the governorship election taking place in the state.

Governor Fayose said this on Saturday on his way to vote.

“Even if they are going to cut your neck, let them cut the neck. So long as the ballot boxes are there”, he told the party agents on the phone.

Receiving another phone call, he said, “I don’t want to hear stories. Vote and protect your votes.

“Don’t come back to Ado-Ekiti without protecting. Whosoever’s ballot boxes they are carting away should better remain in his community”.

Residents turned out in large numbers across the state to vote in a new candidate who will govern them for the next four years.

In many parts of Ado-Ekiti, the capital, hundreds of voters were seen at the polling units as early as 7:00 am.

Voters including the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths among others were seen at the polls to exercise their rights to vote.


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While the overall atmosphere was peaceful, and the exercise hitch free in most Polling Units, there were issues of card readers malfunctioning in some units.

The candidate for the PDP, Professor Kolapo Olusola, was one of those affected.

The card reader failed to recognize his PVC, preventing him from voting immediately after he arrived at Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti.

However, with the intervention of the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anthonia Simbini, he was accredited and eventually able to vote.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, cast his vote at about 10:15 am.

He arrived at the Polling Unit (Unit 9) ward 11 in Ogilolo, Isan- Ekiti, with his wife, Erelu Bisi who, however, experienced a delay in voting.

The card reader initially failed to recognise her PVC but after several attempts, she was able to vote.

Ekiti Election: Kolapo Olusola Finally Votes After Card Reader Malfunction

Kolapo Olusola at polling unit

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Ekiti Governorship election, Mr Kolapo Olusola, has finally voted after a card reader malfunction prevented him from doing so earlier.

The card reader had failed to recognize his PVC as he tried to vote at Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti on Saturday.


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However, with the intervention of the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anthonia Simbini, Eleka, was accredited and eventually able to vote.

He said INEC identified the need for his PVC to be withdrawn and replaced later, an option which he said he was satisfied with.

Ekiti Election: Card Reader Rejects PDP’s Olusola, Wife’s Cards

 

Voting has been delayed for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ekiti State Governorship election, Kolapo Olusola, as the INEC card reader failed to recognize his PVC.

Olusola arrived at his Polling Unit 007, Ofomofuru Hall, Ward 2, Okokuru in Ikere-Ekiti around 10:30 am on Saturday but was unable to vote immediately.

His wife was said to have had a similar experience and was also unable to vote immediately.

However, with the intervention of the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anthonia Simbini, he was accredited and eventually able to vote.


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The PDP candidate said INEC identified the need for his PVC to be withdrawn and replaced later, an option which he said he was satisfied with.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi, cast his vote at about 10:15 am.

He arrived at the Polling Unit (Unit 9) ward 11 in Ogilolo, Isan- Ekiti, with his wife, Erelu Bisi who, however, experienced a delay in voting.

The card reader initially failed to recognise her PVC but after several attempts, she was able to vote.

LIVE UPDATES: Ekiti Governorship Election – Fayemi, Olusola, 33 Others Battle To Succeed Fayose

 

After months of politicking and campaigns, the much-anticipated Ekiti governorship election is here.

Today, the people of Ekiti are heading to the polls to decide who will succeed Governor Ayodele Fayose as their leader.

With over 30 candidates in the race, the campaigns have been both intriguing and controversial.

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Many, however, consider the poll to be a two-horse race between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

More so because Ekiti is the only state in the South-West that is under the PDP and the APC will be looking to strengthen its grip in the region, having seized control of Ondo State in 2016.

Also, Governor Fayose is one of the most vocal critics of the APC and a major figure in the PDP. Beyond that, he had denied the APC candidate Kayode Fayemi a second term in 2014.

The governor, who is supporting his deputy Professor Kolapo Olusola, to succeed him, repeatedly accused the Federal Government and security agencies of intimidating voters.

Beyond the controversies, the Independent National Electoral Commission, says it is fully prepared to hold a free and fair election in the state.

Meanwhile, over 30,000 policemen were deployed to the state along with hundreds of security personnel from other agencies.

Stay with us for live updates from the poll.


7:00 am – Materials arrived in Isan -Ekiti (Ekiti North Senatorial District)


8:00 am – Accreditation and voting commenced.


8:30 am – Residents turn out in huge numbers amid heavy security presence.

Voters including the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers, youths among others were queuing up at the polls, ready to exercise their civic.

So far no issues with the card readers at most of the polling units.


9:24 am – In Afao town of Ado Ekiti (the incumbent Governor’s hometown) security roadblocks were seen at intervals. Also, most polling units along the road had lots of people on the queue.


9:54 am – Police arrest those allegedly sharing money for votes at Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti in front of Jonathan Memorial School.


10:09 am – The 112 year-old aunt of the APC governorship candidate, Comfort Bodunde, also came out to cast her vote.


10:16 am – APC governorship candidate, kayode Fayemi, arrives polling unit with his wife.

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He moves straight to join the queue after which he was asked by the presiding officer to go and vote.

His wife’s card could not be read and is still being looked into to rectify whatever is wrong.

10:30 am – PDP candidate, Olusola Eleka, tries to cast his vote but is delayed as the card reader malfunctions.


10: 35 am – The issue with the card reader is sorted and he is finally able to vote.

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13:11 pm – The state governor , Ayodele Fayose, is on his way to cast his vote.

14:00 pm – Fayose votes.

On his way to the Polling Unit, he asked agents of his party, the PDP, to ensure that they protect their votes.

“Even if they are going to cut your neck, let them cut the neck. So long as the ballot boxes are there”, he told the party agents on the phone.

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14:30 pm – Voting ends in most Polling Units and sorting and collation of results has begun.


15:30 pm – Counting of votes commences at a Polling Unit in Ise /orun LGA.

 

Polling Unit in Ise /orun LGA

16:44 pm – The sorting of ballots and counting of votes have been concluded in many polling units across the state, but it would be hours before official results are announced.



19:51 pm – INEC has warned residents of Ekiti and Nigerians to ignore the results making the rounds on social media as the electoral process is still ongoing.


 

Fayemi, Olusola, 33 Others Vying For Ekiti Governorship Seat

 

The people of Ekiti State are ready to decide the fate of the state for the next four years as they prepare for Saturday’s governorship election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police, as well as other stakeholders in the poll, are putting adequate measures in place to ensure a free and fair election, as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A total of 35 aspirants from various political parties would vie for the top seat, including a former governor, an incumbent deputy governor, and former political leaders in the state.

A review of some of the candidates compiled by Channels Television is highlighted below;

Kayode Fayemi – All Progressives Congress (APC)

Dr Fayemi hails from Isan Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of the North Senatorial District of the state. He first served as the state governor since 2010 but lost his re-election to the incumbent Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose in 2014.

Fayemi consequently joined President Buhari’s cabinet in late 2015 and served as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development. He resigned as a minister on May 30 after being declared as the APC candidate to pursue his governorship ambition.

I’m Not Desperate, I Have Unfinished Business In Ekiti - Fayose
Kayode Fayemi


Kolapo Olusola – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

Professor Kolapo Olusola is the incumbent deputy governor of Ekiti State from Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti South Senatorial District. Before his election as deputy governor, Olusola was an accomplished lecturer at the Department of Building in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, for at least two decades.

The deputy governor is also a distinct registered builder who previously held very important positions in state and he is proudly supported by his boss, Fayose, to succeed him as governor.

Kolapo Olusola

Akinloye Aiyegbusi – Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Mr Ayegbusi was an Executive Director at Eco Bank Plc. before he joined politics this year. During his recent appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he explained why he thinks he is the best candidate for the job. He is also a strong believer in governance by the young generation.

Akinloye Aiyegbusi


Segun Adewale – Action Democratic Party (ADP)

Mr Adewale is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist popularly known as Aeroland. He is also a grassroots politician in Lagos State and a native of Ipoti-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

He defected to the PDP in 2011 to run for the Federal House of Representative, Alimosho Federal Constituency but lost the election to Solomon Olamilekan Adeola of the then Action Congress of Nigeria.

Segun Adewale

Bisi Omoyeni – Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN)

Mr Omoyeni is once a deputy to Governor Fayose. He is also a former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc. He is an indigene of Ikere, an ancient community in Ekiti.

Bisi Omoyeni

Dare Bejide – Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN)

Mr Bejide is a lawyer and former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He ventured into grassroots politics when the ban on political activities was lifted by the military administration.

The former ambassador was a foundation member of National Republican Convention (NRC) and United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in the old Ondo State, as well as a foundation member of the UNCP and PDP when Ekiti State was created. He left the PDP in March 2018 for PPN to pursue his governorship ambition.

Dare Bejide

Abiodun Aluko – Accord Party

Mr Aluko is a native of Ikere Ekiti and a former deputy governor of the state in the administration of Governor Fayose. He went to Annunciation Grammar School, Ikere Ekiti and later graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife-Ife, in Osun State.

Abiodun Aluko

Bode OlowoporokuNigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP)

Olowoporoku was a former Second Republic Minister of Science and Technology under Usman Shehu Shagari government. He holds a PhD in economics and represented Ekiti South Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007.


Other candidates and their parties are;

Shola Omolola Action Alliance (AA)

Agboola Olaniyi Alliance for Democracy (AD)

David Adesua – African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Lucas Orubuloye All Grassroots Alliance (AGA)

Stephen Oribamise All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP)

Tunde Afe – Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP)

Saheed Jimoh – African Peoples Alliance (APA)

Tope Adebayo – Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)

Ayodeji Ayodele – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

Adegboye Ajayi – Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP)

Olajumoke Saheed – Democratic Alternative (DA)

Olalekan Olanrewaju – Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC)

Yinka Akerele – Democratic Peoples Party (DPP)

Adewale Akinyele – Green Party of Nigeria (GPN)

Sule Ganiyu – Freedom and Justice Movement (FJP)

Tosin Ajibare – Independent Democrats (ID)

Temitope Amuda – KOWA Party

Sikiru Lawal – Labour Party

Olabode Jegede – Mass Movement of Nigeria (MMN)

Oladosu Olaniyan – Northern People’s Congress (NPC)

Babatunde Alegbeleye – National Democratic Liberty Party (NDLP)

Dada Ayoyinka – People for Democratic Change (PDC)

Goke Animashaun – Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA)

Olusegun Adeleye – United Democratic Party (UDP)

Jacob Gboyega – Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)

Fakorede Ayodeji – Young Democratic Party (YDP)

Omotayo Gabriel – Young Progressives Party (YPP)

LIVE: APC Holds Mega Rally In Ekiti

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is holding a mega rally in Ekiti, ahead of the state’s governorship election.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors of Kebbi, Kogi, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Oyo states were present at the rally.

Others included the Party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the national leader, Mr Bola Tinubu, and chieftain, Bisi Akande, among others.

Watch live here…

Ekiti Polls: Police Discover Company That Allegedly Prints Fake Ballot Papers

Ignore Renewed Threat Of Militancy, Police Tell Lagos Residents
File photo: Mr Imohimi Edgal

 

The Lagos State Police Command says it has discovered a company that allegedly prints fake ballot papers for the upcoming Ekiti State Governorship election.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Edgal Imohimi.

According to the CP, the police made the discovery following intelligence reports which also revealed that some of the printed ballot papers had already been moved to Ekiti in three Hilux vans on Friday (July 6, 2018).

Imohimi further stated that officers were immediately deployed to the location in Gbagada to confirm the information.

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Subsequently, it was discovered that the company had two buildings and after a search was done, several items such as laptops, some election materials such as a copy of form EKSEIC A(1), one booklet of form EC/EK8B EKSIEC, among others, were discovered.

The statement further noted that it was discovered that the company is owned by one Eniola Fayose, an indigene of Ikire Ekiti and reportedly has a contractual agreement with the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC) “to print the election materials found during the search”.

“The recovered laptops are being scrutinized by the Police ICT experts with a view of discovering any incriminating information.

Meanwhile, “the admin/human resources manager and the graphic artist of the company are assisting the police in the investigation,” the statement said.

Why We Are Deploying 30,000 Personnel For Ekiti Election – Police

The Nigeria Police Force has explained why 30,000 police personnel will be in Ekiti State for the Saturday, July 14 governorship elections.

The Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, who was a guest on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said Ekiti State is a ‘flashpoint’ and deploying 30,000 officers for the election is not an over-deployment but an adequate figure to ensure security.

“Ekiti is a flashpoint when it comes to politicking, you can remember what happened in the second republic, we don’t want a repeat of that. When the election is free and fair and election result is being announced, you still see people that want to disrupt the peace of other Nigerians.

“There is no over deployment in 30,000 police personnel, it is an adequate figure to ensure that everybody that has one business or the other that is authorised to play there role during the elections.”

Moshood, who is also a deputy commissioner of police explained further that the number of personnel deployed is not peculiar to Ekiti State only as same was done during Edo and Anambra elections.

He noted that the action was also prompted by ‘inciting’ statements by political leaders in Ekiti State.

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“It is not only peculiar to Ekiti, in Edo, we deployed 25,000 police personnel. In Ondo, we deployed 26,000 and in Anambra, the same 26,000. We have carried out a threat analysis assessment throughout Ekiti State and we have confidence in our personnel to deliver appropriately.

“The utterance of stakeholders and leaders in Ekiti and other areas have been inciting and instigating. We want people to have the confidence that the police is capable of securing them, and for them to be free to come out and vote. We want the will of the people to carry the day.

He added that security measures include not only the deployment of 30,000 officers but also, the Commissioner of Police in states such as Kogi, Kwara, Osun, Ondo and Oyo have been put on red alert and directed by the IGP to deploy massively and ensure that there is no influence and influx of hoodlums and miscreants infiltrating from their states into Ekiti to disrupt the poll.

The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris on Sunday announced that 30,000 police personnel will be deployed to Ekiti State ahead of the governorship election.

Those deployed include personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU), Anti-Bomb Squad (EOD), Conventional Policemen, Armament Unit, FCIID, and the sniffer dogs section.

Four policemen and two security operatives from other agencies would be on duty at each polling unit throughout the state while the PMF to be headed by a very senior officer would provide security at the RAC, Super RAC and collation centres.

Two Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, five additional Armoured Personnel Carriers, 10 Armoured Personnel Vehicles and 250 Police patrol vehicles are also deployed throughout the state, including difficult terrains.

APC Has Prepared A Delicious Meal For Ekiti People – Osinbajo

 

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on residents of Ekiti State to come out in their numbers to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Kayode Fayemi, in the July 14 governorship election.

He made the call on Tuesday, during the campaign of the Party’s flag bearer which took place at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The VP, who spoke in the Yoruba language, told residents that Fayemi is indeed the candidate who will bring transformation to the state, even as the APC “has prepared a new and delicious meal” for them.

He said, “Fayemi is the chosen one who will transform Ekiti State. JKF is the one who will bring transformation to Ekiti State. Vote JKF once again.

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“When July 14 comes, don’t look backward or sideways, look forward, because we are moving forward. APC is a progressive party. It is a party for successful people.

“On July 14 let’s come out en-mass and vote for APC. PDP has done enough. APC has prepared a new and delicious meal for Ekiti residents.

“Take a look at JKF, this is your candidate. He is the chosen one. Come July 14, vote for him, vote for APC,” he said.

APC chieftains including the party’s National leader Mr Bola Tinubu, National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun were present.

Others in attendance included Governors of South west states such as Ogun state’s Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, among others.