The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the list of 17 candidates, their running mates and parties for the Ondo State governorship election.
INEC released the provisional list on its website on Friday, July 31.
The parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The INEC, however, gave political parties till August 18 to substitute their candidates if they wish.
Currently, there are whispers around town that the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) will be substituted with the current deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi.
Ajayi moved from PDP to the APC four years ago to run alongside Akeredolu.
It will be recalled that Agboola who contested in the PDP primary election lost to Eyitayo Jegede.
Jegede was the runner-up in the state’s 2016 elections.
Others on the INEC 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)
- 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 Nigeria 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)
Meanwhile, the INEC has set aside October 10, 2020, for the governorship elections in Ondo State.
Similarly, Akeredolu has picked Hon Lucky Ayedatiwa, a former representative of the state on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as his running mate.
There was very stiff competition on who should occupy the seat after the former deputy governor Hon Agboola Ajayi resigned from the party but refused to abdicate the seat.