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Live Updates: APC, PDP, SDP Lock Horns At Ekiti Governorship Election 2022

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The Ekiti State Governorship election gets underway today with political parties slugging it out for who will replace Governor Kayode Fayemi for the next four years.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed readiness to conduct today’s election.

Some of the candidates and their party participating in the election are: Biodun Oyebanji – All Progressives Congress (APC), Wole Oluyede – African Democratic Congress (ADC), Debo Ajayi – Young Progressives Party (YPP), Moses Olajide – African Action Congress (AAC), Olufemi Obidoyin – All Progressives Congress (APGA), Segun Oni – Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bisi Kolawole – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daramola Roland – Labour Party (LP), Oladosu Fatomilola – New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Olaniyi Agboola – People’s Redemption Party (PRP)

Stick with Naija News as we bring you more updates…

15:30: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced sorting and counting of ballots at the ongoing governorship election. Voting has ended in most of the polling units across the 177 local government areas of the State where the election is taking place in the area.

13:30: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested an agent of a political party over his plan to buy votes of electorates on Saturday in the ongoing governorship election in Ekiti State. Naija News learnt that the operatives of the anti-graft agency arrested the alleged vote-buyer with a bag of cash while trying to induce voters.

11:44: The Governorship candidate of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji has cast his vote in the ongoing election in the state. The governorship hopeful was said to have arrived at polling Unit 003, Ward 6, Ikogosi, in Ekiti West Local Government Area earlier this morning and immediately cast his vote.

This is coming a few minutes after his counterpart from the Social Democratic Party, Segun Oni, cast his vote at Ward 2, Unit 6 in Ifaki-Ekiti, Naija News understands.

11: 21: Gunshots were fired from the palace of the king of Ifaki, hometown of Chief Segun Oni, Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the ongoing Ekiti governorship election. During elections, sounds of gunshot usually signal violence, but in this case, it was to indicate that the king was awake.

11: 10: The incumbent Governor of Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi has cast his vote in the ongoing governorship election in the state.

Naija News understands that the governor cast his vote at the Polling Unit 009 in Isan ward in the Oye Local Government Area of the State.

10: 20: A visually impaired electorate reportedly caused a stir in the Saturday’s Ekiti Governorship election at Fajuyi House, Polling unit 007, over her inability to identify the logo of her preferred party which led to a shouting march among agents of political parties.

The voter was said to have informed the INEC’s ad-hoc staff at the polling unit that she could not see the logo of the party she wanted to vote for.

The choice of who would assist her almost led to a fight among party agents as the INEC officials rejected those that volunteered to assist the woman.

10: 09: The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bisi Kolawole has cast his vote in the ongoing governorship election in Ekiti State.

Naija News gathered that the governorship candidate cast his vote at Unit 001, Ward 8 in Efon-Ekiti, Efon local government area of the state.

09:56: Voting has commenced in some polling units in Ekiti State as voters troop out to vote for their preferred governorship candidate. The elected governorship candidate would take over from the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi whose tenure would end in 2023.

Voters in Ekiti governors election (photo credit: Vanguard)

08:25: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the deployment of electoral officials to designated polling units ahead of the Ekiti State governorship election today Saturday, June 18, 2022. Naija News understands that residents of Ekiti State will decide the fate of the state as they vote for their choice of candidate in the polls today.

INEC Officials posted to polling units in Ikole West, Ijero and Irepodun/ Ifelodun Local Government Areas