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41 candidates jostle Senate seats in Ondo

By Jubril Bada

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ondo State, has released the final list of political parties contesting for various political offices in the February 16 general elections.

According to the list, no fewer than 96 candidates are qualified to contest for the House of Representatives and 41 for the senatorial seats in the state.

The Hope gathered that all the cleared  candidates for the elections are  contesting under the  platforms of 29 political parties in the state.

The list further revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), are the major political parties that fielded candidates for all the 9 federal constituencies and the 3 senatorial seats, while the Social  Democratic Party (SDP) failed to field candidates for  lle-Oluji /Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency seat in the state.

According to the list, the central  senatorial district has 16 political parties fielding candidates for the election, south  has  15, while north senatorial district has 10 parties  contesting  the coming elections .

For the 9 House of Representatives seats, Akoko Northeast/Akoko Northwest, Akoko Southeast/ Akoko Southwest and  Owo/Ose Federal Constituencies have 12, 9 and 10 political parties fielding candidates for the elections respectively.

Others are: Akure North/Akure South, ldanre/lfedore and Ondo East/Ondo West Federal Constituencies with 14, 12 and 13 political parties  slugging  it out with one another in the elections.

Also, lle-Oluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo, Okitipupa/lrele and Ese-Odo/llaje Federal Constituencies  have a  record of  10, 9 and 7 parties fielding  candidates to contest the poll respectively.

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