Today, electorates across the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State would storm their various polling units to elect their governor for another four years.
Whoever emerges winner today will take over from Governor Kayode Fayemi in a few months time.
IDOMA VOICE reports that the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had earlier released names of 16 persons as candidates of various political parties vying for the number one seat.
However, analysts have narrowed down the race to three persons.
They believe that the contest is between the trio of Bisi Kolawole of PDP, Biodun Oyebanji – APC and Segun Oni of SDP.
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Voting begins in Ado
Voting has commenced in various polling units in Ado-Ekiti. Accreditation and voting began at 8am in Unit 008, Ado Grammar School. There are 1,709 registered voters in the unit.
There was a low turnout in Unit 031 located in Unity Secondary School, Erifun/Ureje, with 86 registered voters. Only 11 voters were in the queue. A resident said more voters may turn out later.
Voters checking their names on the register at Unit 008, Ado Grammar School 8: 59 am
Voters at Ward 8, Unit 5 Efon Alaye, Ekiti
Voters at Ward 8, Unit 2, Efon Alaye, Ekiti
Voting commences at polling unit 1 Ward 11 Odose, Ikere local government area 8: 49 am
INEC Ad hoc officials, a policeman waiting for voters at Ward 04, Unit 1, Igogo in Moba Local Government Area 8:49 am
A voter being accredited at Unit 031, Erifun, Ureje, Ado Local Government 8:44 am
Voters at Ward 8, Unit 1 8:44 am
Otunba Bisi Kolawole, PDP Guber cast his vote candidate at Ward 8, Unit 1 8:38 am
Mood at Segun Oni’s house at Ifaki-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government 8:23 am
INEC officials at Efon Alaye Unit 12 Ward 4 8:18 am
At Aaye Townhall, Aaye-Ekiti, Ido Osi LG, voters await accreditation 8:17 am
Voter at Unit 16, Ward 1, Main market, Ido, headquarters of Ido Osi Local Government 8:17 am
Voters at Ward 8, unit 5 checking for their names 8:14 am
INEC Officials waiting for materials while Electorates check their names at St. Jonathan Primary School at ward 4 unit 1 Ajibosun.
Residents of Ido-Osi Local Government eager to exercise franchise
Residents of Ido-Osi Local Government are eager to exercise this morning.
INEC adhoc officials have been on ground preparing for the election to take off on schedule.
Prospective voters have started arriving at the polling units, checking their names on the voters’ list.
A young man and resident of Ido, the council headquarter, Ayodeji Ogunleye said the youths are determined to make a difference this time around.
Obi Nneka, an Ebonyi businessman that has lived in Ido for 36 years said the people of the town are anxious to vote because a candidate from his area in the person of Segun Oni of the SDP is on the ballot.
At the neighbouring town, Aaye-Ekiti, the situation is the same.
At 7.30am, there is already a long queue of people anxious to exercise their franchise.
Police Helicopter inspects Ekiti ahead of Governorship election
Police officers warm up for the governorship election at Police Headquarters, Ado-Ekiti Photos Isaac Jimoh Ayodele
INEC begins distribution of voting materials in Ekiti