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The Independent National Electoral Commission () has unveiled the list of 17 candidates, their running mates as well as parties running for the Ondo State governorship .

The commission released the provisional list on its website on Friday. The parties include the ruling All Progressives (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Parties can, however, substitute their candidates till August 18 with multiple sources in the Zenith Party telling PREMIUM TIMES the party will substitute its candidate with Agboola Ajayi, the current deputy of Ondo who lost in the PDP primary.

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This newspaper reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is seeking a second term in under the banner of the APC while his major challenger as of the time of this is Eyitayo Jegede of the PDP. Mr Jegede was the runner-up in the 2016 election in the state.

Others on the list are:

Rotimi Adeleye Akindejoye – Accord party

Joshua Oluwafemi Adewole -Action Alliance (AA)

Adeleye Adekunle Peter – African Action Congress (AAC)

Adelegan Adedapo Oluwaseyi – African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Martin Kunle Olateru-Olagbegi -Action Democratic Party (ADP)

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Olowoloba Dele – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)

Aminu Akeem Olanrewaju – Allied Peoples Movement (APM)

Adesanya Olaoluwa – Action Peoples Party (APP)

Okunade Taiwo – Labour Party (LP)

Ojajuni Joseph Eniola – New Peoples Party (NNPP)

 

Funmilayo Jenyo Ataunoko – National Rescue Movement (NRM)

Babatunde Francis Alli – Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)

Fasua Peter Oyeleye – Social Democratic Party (SDP)

Ojon Dotun – Young Progressive Party (YPP)

Benjamin Jairus Olarotimi – Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)

The Ondo governorship election holds on October 10.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Edo election: ‘If they want violence, we will give them’ – Oshiomhole warns Obaseki, PDP

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A former National Chairman of the All Progressives , APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that his party will respond accordingly if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decides to turn the September 19 governorship into violence.

The former said the APC would not fold its arms and watch the of the state, Godwin Obaseki and the PDP violently steal the peoples’ mandate.

Appearing on Arise Television on Monday, Oshiomhole averred: ‘’We will meet violence with violence.’’

Oshiomhole was reacting to the governor’s alleged threat to deal with APC members and supporters in the guise of dealing with trouble makers.

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Recall that Governor Obaseki had earlier warned of stiff penalties against perpetrators of violence in the State.

Reacting to Obaseki’s threat, Oshiomhole said: ‘’if they want violence, we will give them violence.’’

Oshiomhole further explained that, among other things, he turned against his successor because the governor has not met the expectations of Edo people and regretted that he worked with Obaseki in 2016 without asking for his certificate.

Oshiomhole had earlier declared that Obaseki does not pose any threat to the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu in the forthcoming governorship election.

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Addressing the party faithful on Sunday, Oshiomhole said that Obaseki is not even eligible to contest for the election.

Oshiomhole said that it was a known fact that Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, finished from law school, adding that his former classmates have testified to that.

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Edo/Ondo elections: Nigerian govt gives update on guidelines, protocols

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Independent National Electoral Commission () are currently working out the protocols and guidelines for the upcoming elections in , including the Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The Chairman PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the taskforce daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said: “The national response will continue to guide the adoption of the sector’s specific guidelines and protocols.

“The PTF is currently concluding discussions with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the appropriate guidelines to be adopted for the upcoming elections in some parts of the country.

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“The elections will begin with the August 8 by- in Nasarawa State, to be followed by Edo and Ondo States elections in September and October.

“I wish to use this opportunity to implore parties’ leaders, members, aspirants, and their supporters to remain mindful of the virulent nature of COVID-19 during electioneering.

“We need to remain alive to enjoy the benefits of our democracy.”

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