Residents of Ondo State have trooped out to elect a governor to govern the southwest Nigerian state for another four-year term.
The election is set to take place in eighteen (18) Local Government Areas (LGAs) and two hundred and three (203) wards in the state.
Local government areas where the election will take place are: Akoko North-East, Akoko North-West, Akoko South-East, Akoko South-West, Akure North, Akure South.
Others are: Ese Odo, Idanre, Ifedore, Ilaje, Ile Oluji/Okeigbo, Irele, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Ondo East, Ondo, Ose, Owo.
In the build-up to the election, Incumbent Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has popped up expectedly as a top contender for the office of the governor.
On the other hand, Eyitayo Jegede, the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who is the candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), and 17 other political parties and candidates are hoping to unseat Akeredolu as Ondo governor.
Although 17 candidates are eyeing the governor’s seat, there are three persons believed to be the three leading candidates; Akeredolu, Jegede, and Ajayi.
Apart from the three leading candidates all being lawyers, they are spread across the three senatorial zones in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the number of registered voters for the election is 1,478,460 voters.
A breakdown shows elections would be conducted in the 3,009 polling units in 203 wards in the 18 LGAs of the state.
The analysis of Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) collection across the councils shows voters’ enthusiasm.
The 1,478, 460 cards collected represent 81 per cent of the 1,822, 346 total voter population.
Voting, scheduled for 8:30am Saturday morning, is set to commence in different polling units.