The Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria’s electoral umpire, is set to conduct the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, Southwest Nigeria.
The election will take place today, July 14 in all the sixteen (16) local government areas and the three (3) senatorial districts in the Southwest state.
Key things to know as the people go to the polling units:
Registered Voters in Ekiti:
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Commissioner of the state, there are 913,334 registered voters in Ekiti state.
Local Government Areas:
There are sixteen (16) local government areas in Ekiti state, namely:
- Ekiti South-West
Number of Permanent Voters Card collected:
According to INEC, over 630,000 have collected their PVC as of July 6, 2018.
There are three senatorial districts in Ekiti namely:
(i) Ekiti North
(ii) Ekiti Central
(iii) Ekiti South.
There are six Federal constituencies in Ekiti state
(i) Ekiti North I
(ii) Ekiti North II
(iii) Ekiti Central I
(iv) Ekiti Central II
(v) Ekiti South I
(vi) Ekiti South II
There will be two thousand, one hundred and ninety-five (2,195) polling units during the governorship election.
There will be two hundred and fifty-six (256) voting units during the governorship election.
Number of State Constituencies:
There are twenty-six (26) state constituencies in Ekiti
Number of wards in Ekiti:
Ekiti State has one hundred and seventy-seven (177) wards.
Number of political parties participating:
No fewer than thirty-five (35) political parties are participating in the election.
Key Battle Grounds:
The key battle grounds for the election is believed to be Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ikere, Ijero, Efon, Ekiti West, Ekiti South West, Ido/Osi, Ilejemeje, Emure, and Oye LGAs.
Political analysts have narrowed the battle to a three horse race which includes John Olukayode Fayemi of APC, Kolapo Olusola Eleka of PDP and Segun Adewale of ADP.
Brief profile of the three candidates:
John Olukayode Fayemi (APC)
Fayemi joins the race as a former governor of Ekiti State serving (2010 to 2014) on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and also a former Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Steel Development. He hails from Isan Ekiti, in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti North Senatorial District.
Fayemi holds a doctorate in War Studies from the prestigious King’s College, University of London, England, specialising in civil-military relations.
Before his entrance into politics, he served as Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) between 1997 and 2006.
Fayemi was defeated by Ayodele Fayose of the PDP while seeking re-election in 2014. He was later appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Minister of Mines and Steel Development, the position he resigned to contest the July 14 election.
Kolapo Olusola Eleka (PDP)
Prof. Eleka is the incumbent deputy governor of the state from Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti South Senatorial District.
Olusola is a professor of Building Technology at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with a track record of excellence in his academic field. He came straight from the academic environment to become deputy governor of the state. He is running to succeed his boss, Ayodele Fayose.
Segun Adewale (ADP)
Adewale, popularly known as Segun Aeroland, is from Ipoti Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area.
A well-known businessman and philanthropist based in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city. He was a senatorial candidate for Lagos West on the platform of the PDP during the 2015 election.
Segun Aeroland is the CEO, Aeroland Travel Limited. He has been in active politics in Lagos and made efforts to be elected a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the Labour Party ticket, but was unsuccessful.
INEC expresses readiness for Ekiti Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission, Nigeria’s electoral umpire, has expressed readiness ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ekiti state today.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Abdulganih Olayinka, told journalists on Friday, July 13in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital that all materials are already at the sixteen (16) local government areas while the commission’s staff and security agents are set to commence the exercise.
Olayinka confirmed that Ekiti has 913,334 voters out of which 646, 000 have collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), with about 250,000 still in the commission’s vaults.
The REC also said 35 political parties are participating in the election as against the initial 40 that had initially signalled an intent to field candidates.
List of how police deployed 30,000 officers to local governments
The Nigeria Police Force has given a detailed breakdown of how 30,000 personnel were deployed for today’s election.
The police spokesperson in Ekiti State, Ikechukwu Caleb who revealed the breakdown said four police officers were deployed to each polling unit.
Here is the breakdown:
Number of local governments – 16 Numbers of wards in Ekiti state – 177
Numbers of polling units – 2,451
Number of RACS/SUPER RACS – 106
Deployment of RACS/SUPER RACS – 1000
Police personnel deployment per polling unit – 4
Other security personnel deployment per polling unit – 2
Number of personnel to be deployed to polling units – 14,700
1 unit of PMF personnel in each L.GA – 1008
1 unit of PMF personnel in each Area command – 252
Armoured personnel carrier (APC) – 5
Armoured personnel vehicles (APV) – 10
Patrol vehicles – 300
Explosive ordinance – 30 K9 – 30
Helicopters for aerial surveillance – 3 =Grand total of security personnel to be deployed – 30,000.
Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA: Ayodele Fayose, the incumbent governor, hails from Afao which is under Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA.
Oye-Ekiti LGA: On the other hand, Fayemi is from Isan-Ekiti which is under Oye.
Ado-Ekiti LGA: Ado-Ekiti is yet another key area to watch and this is because the local government has 40% of the total voters with some political analysts saying that could be the reason behind APC’s choice of Egbeyemi Bisi, a 75-year-old-man as Fayemi’s running mate. Bisi hails from the capital.
Recap of 2014 election in the state:
Ayodele Fayose, the incumbent governor, defeated the incumbent Dr Kayode Fayemi in all 16 LGAs in 2014 and won with 203,090 votes while Fayemi garnered 120,433 votes.