The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the provisional list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for 10 October.
INEC published the list on its Twitter handle on Thursday.
The list has the names of candidates from 17 political parties, with the candidates being all male.
According to the published list, Rotimi Akeredolu, the incumbent state governor, was named as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Eyitayo Jegede was listed as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.
Contrary to reports that emanated on Wednesday and Thursday, Agboola Ajayi, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, was not listed as the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
In a statement which accompanied the list, Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, urged the Ondo electorate and members of the public to peruse the documents submitted by the candidates published on the INEC website and its state office in Akure, the state capital, and make objections to the information if deemed necessary at a competent court of law.
The statement read: “Seventeen out the 18 registered political parties gave the Commission the requisite statutory notice of their intention to conduct primaries and they conducted primaries for the purposes of nominating candidates for the Governorship Election.
“The Commission opened its dedicated nomination portal on 21 July 2020 and some of the political parties that conducted their primaries before the 25 July deadline seized the opportunity and uploaded the list and particulars of their nominated candidates ahead of the cut off time of 6pm on 28 July 2020. As at 4:08pm today, 28 July 2020, all the 17 political parties had submitted the List and particulars of their nominated candidates using the INEC dedicated portal.”
See below the list of candidates for the Edo governorship election as published by INEC: