One side is crying for continuity while another side wants to reclaim the land. Then, there is another side crying for freshness.
PDP’s Kolapo Olusola, the current deputy governor of the state is the one agitating for continuity; he wants to succeed his boss, Governor Ayodele Fayose.
In the past few months, he has campaigned with what the current PDP government has done and how he would like to consolidate if elected.
APC’s Kayode Fayemi , a one-time governor of the state, is on the mission to reclaim the land.
He has also campaigned with the list of things he did between 2010 and 2014 and highlighted how his return will revive most of his policies which the current government has trashed.
The third side belongs to the SDP’s Akinloye Ayegbusi and the rest of the candidates who believe it’s time to experiment with fresh ideas, different from that of the PDP and the APC.
Who will Ekiti people give the mandate to become the next state governor among these candidates? Is it going to be Olusola? Fayemi? Or a new fresh face?
NAIJ.com is on ground, live and direct from Ekiti state, to bring you insightful live updates as Ekiti people troop out to cast their votes for their preferred candidates today, Saturday, July 14, 2018.
For the record, the total number of votes to be shared among the candidates is 667,028 as Professor Abdulganiy Olayinka Raji, the Ekiti state Resident Electoral Commission, has revealed that only 667,028 individuals are eligible to vote in the governorship election.
9: 30: As at this time, things are going on smoothly in Ekiti state. People are trooping out to vote while security agents are on guard to ensure there is no violence.
9: 19 am: Olusola Kolapo, popularly known as Eleka, the governorship candidate of the PDP has arrived the polling unit, Ward 2, Unit 7, Ikere Ekiti.
8. 40: Our reporter can confirm that verification is ongoing in all the units in Ikere Ekiti. There is equally a massive turn out in Ward 4 Agbado Oyo, polling unit 3.
8. 15 am: Residents in Ward 9 of Ayede-Ekiti displaying their PVCs ahead of the commencement of accreditation on Saturday morning.
Accreditation has commenced at the ward already.
Voting is expected to start almost immediately after accreditation.
8. 05 am: There is a massive turnout of voters in Ikere Ekiti, Eleka’s home town.
7.45 am: INEC officials have arrived. Voters have instructed to be on queue as INEC officials want to address them at Eleka’s polling unit (Ward 2, Unit 7)
Saturday, July 14: 7.am: The election day. INEC has promised that the election activities will kick-off at 8. am this morning. However, voters are already seen trooping to various polling units, ready to excersise their franchise.
At Eleka’s polling unit, Ward 2, Okeruku, Ikere, voters are already on ground as early as 7 am, our reporter can confirm.
Pre-election day recap
——————————————————————————————————————–Friday, July 13: INEC distributed sensitive election materials to all the 16 local government areas of the state.
The election materials, it was gathered, were earlier received by the electoral body at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Security agents have also been dispatched accordingly to ensure the election is violence-free.
Thursday, July 12: The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) kick-started its pre-election day activities.
It was a watertight security arrangement at the state headquarters of the electoral body in Ado-Ekiti as INEC officers started distributing election kits to various observers who are on ground to observe and assess the much talked about gubernatorial election.
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