By Jubril Bada
No fewer than 296 candidates will be jostling for the 12 National Assembly seats and 26 state assembly positions in Ondo State.
Eighty eight candidates will slug it out for the 12 seats at the national assembly while 208 candidates will be battling for the 26 House of Assembly seats in the State.
Although, the state will not have its gubernatorial election until 2024, it will however vote for its candidate in the presidential election.
This followed the list of candidates for the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections published by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Fifteen political parties, according to the INEC list, are sponsoring candidate for the election in Ondo State.
On the list 10 political parties fielded candidates for three Senatorial seats with total of 24 candidates, 12 for nine House of Representatives seats with 64 candidates ,while 14 parties for House of Assembly.
The political parties which fielded candidates for Senatorial seats include the Action Alliance (AA), the African Democratic Congress (ADC), the All Progressives Congress(APC),the Action Peoples Party(APP), the Labour Party (LP), the New Nigeria Peoples Party(NNPP), the National Rescue Movement (NRM), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
According to the list, 12 of the 18 registered political parties fielded candidates for House of Representatives seats under the AA, AAC, ADC, APC APGA,APP, NNPP, NRM , PDP , PRP, SDP, and ZLP.
Also, for the State House of Assembly seats, the parties that fielded candidates include AA, AAC,ADC, ADP, APC, APP, LP, NNPP, PDP, PRP, SDP, NRM, YPP, and ZLP.
Nine candidates will slug it out to replace a third-term member of Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice (APC-Ondo North) who is not contesting in the election.
In Ondo Central Senatorial District, eight candidates will battle for the seat to displace a two -term member of the National Assembly, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP -Ondo Central), who lost to pick the party’s ticket for third term.
Also in Ondo South Senatorial District, seven candidates will contest to occupy the seat of a one -term member and former Commissioner in the State, Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP-Ondo South) , who also lost the party’s ticket to former Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi during party primary.
The parties that fielded candidates across the three Senatorial Districts include the ruling APC, NNPP, NRM, PDP and SDP , while the AAC, ADP, APGA, PRP and YPP did not field any candidate.
The list also showed that the LP and the ADP did not field candidate in any of the nine House of Representatives seat, while the APC, NNPP, PDP and SDP have their candidates contesting for the whole seats.
For the House of Assembly seats, the APC, ADC, LP, NNPP and PDP fielded candidates, but only APGA failed to have candidates contesting for any of the 26 state constituencies.
The presidential and National Assembly election will hold in February, while governorship and State Houses of Assembly will hold March 11, 2023.