The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cleared Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, and 15 others for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Aside from Jegede and Akeredolu, who was seeking re-election, others cleared by the electoral umpire were his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who is aspiring to unseat the governor.
Others were: Rotimi Akindejoye, Joshua Adewole, Adeleye Peter, Adelegan Oluwaseyi, Martin Olatuteru-Olagbegi, and Olowoloba Dele, among others.
Confirming eligibility of the candidates on Friday, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, through a statement, noted that INEC had published the provisional list of candidates comprising 17 political parties for the governorship election in Ondo on July 31.
As gathered, the candidates were cleared after the weekly regular meeting of the electoral umpire held yesterday which deliberation was centered on conduct of the election scheduled for October 10 and other outstanding elections in the country.
He explained that in line with Section 35 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and as provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities released February 6, withdrawal and substitution of candidates ended at 6 pm on August 18.
“Four political parties that earlier made valid nominations have substituted their candidates. The African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) withdrew and substituted their deputy governorship candidates while the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) substituted both its governorship and deputy governorship candidates”.
The INEC spokesman stated that the commission has published the final list of nominated candidates at its state and local government offices in Ondo and that the list was already its website and social media platforms.
Okoye urged various political parties, candidates in the election, and the people of the state to check the final list of candidates.