Guber Poll: Oyebanji, Kolawole, Oni Know Fate As Ekiti Decides Today - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Guber Poll: Oyebanji, Kolawole, Oni Know Fate As Ekiti Decides Today

The Daily Crucible | Saturday, June 18, 2022

Each of the immediate past Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former state  chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bisi Kolawole, and ex - governor Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) will know his  fate today as Ekiti indigenes and residents trooped out this morning to elect their next governor among the named three candidates of the APC, PDP and SDP.

Although the Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party(NNPP) and few other political parties - African Democratic Congress (ADC), Accord Party, Action Democratic Party (ADP) and the Young Progressives Party (YPP)
have their candidates participating in the race to succeed incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi but it is generally agreed that the 
trifecta of Oyebanji(APC), Kolawole(PDP) and Oni(SDP) are the major contenders of the Ekiti Governorship contest today.

The election is quite critical as the outcome will serve as a window to what would likely happen in APC controlled Osun State in the coming weeks and the 2023 general elections.

Ekiti is another testing ground on how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has prepared itself regarding effective deployment and management of technology in the conduct of elections to engender free,  fair, credible and transparent elections in Nigeria.

It also a test case for governor Fayemi to demonstrate to the world if he could break a political jinx that has continued to hover over the state since the return of democracy in 1999. None of the past governors was able to install a successor. Will Fayemi be different from each of the past governors before him? Since 1999, power shift has occurred equally between PDP and the progressive APC in Ekiti State every four years. The SDP has never tasted power in the state
The die is now cast. The governorship election begins this morning across the 16 local government areas of the state.
It is a battle among three major parties –  the ruling All Progressives Congress; the Peoples Democratic Party; and the Social Democratic Party.

The spread of strength and weakness will determine who among Oyebanji, Kolawole and Oni goes home rejoicing in victory or walk in sorrow of defeat afterwards.

Being the ruling party, the APC has structures in all the 177 wards with political watchers agreeing that it is popular in the Ekiti West LGA because its candidate, Oyebanji, hails from the area.

Other council areas where the APC may enjoy good results at today’s poll include Ado, Ikere, Oye, Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ekiti East, Ikole, Ido/Osi, and Ijero while the PDP which has solid structures in all the wards across the 16 LGAs still enjoy significant support in the State because of the stomach infrastructure policy of the immediate past governor Ayodele Fayose.

Although the party’s support base in Ekiti has been rocked by defection of some members in recent time, but The Daily Crucible gathered that the PDP is very much popular in Efon LGA, where Kolawole hails from, as well as Irepodun/Ifelodun, Efon, Ikere, Ikole, Emure, and Ekiti East local government areas.

Oni’s emergence as SDP’s governorship candidate in February has rejigged the party to life again. Its membership base suddenly rose, after Oni’s supporters and admirers in the PDP and APC decamped to the SDP.

Analysts say the SDP may perform very well in Ido/Osi LGA where its candidate hails from. The SDP may also be popular in Ado, Ise/Orun, Emure, Irepodun, Ifelodun, Gbonyin, Moba, and Ikole, among others.

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