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Kolawole, Oni, Oyebami In Three-Horse Race As Ekiti Elect New Governor 

Votes have already commenced in Ekiti State in a bid to elect a new governor that will succeed Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is at the tail end of his second four-year tenure.

No fewer than 16 political parties are fielding candidates for the election, but it is expected to be a fierce battle involving Biodun Oyebanji of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

For most of Friday, tension remained very high across the state, with voters bitterly divided among the three leading candidates. Fear of violence was palpable.

For seamless conduct of the election, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, on Friday ordered the restriction of vehicular movements along entry and exit points to the state from 12:00am on 18th June, 2022 to 6:00pm of the same day.

The police added: “To this end, operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and the military, as well as other security agencies have been deployed across the state borders to enforce the restriction order to the letter and ensure criminal minded individuals do not infiltrate the State.”

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Johnson Kokumo had earlier disclosed that Ekiti State would be properly secured to avoid any breakdown of law and order during the poll.

He also revealed that a total of 17,000 personnel had been deployed for the poll.

The DIG added that soldiers would be at the borders of the communities to prevent any form of intrusion.

According to him, all security operatives with VIPs should be withdrawn and returned to base for the purpose of the election. The DIG called on the people to be law abiding and to respect all the processes of the elections to be able to have a peaceful governorship election in the state.

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