The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have been asked by stakeholders to shift the date of the Ondo State gubernatorial election.
The election holds November 26 and Vanguard reports that stakeholders are mounting pressure on the electoral body to push the date foward as the three major political parties in the race – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC), and Alliance for Democracy (AD)- are having legal issues concerning the nominatom of their candidates.
“Stakeholders in the state have asked the electoral body to shift the date of the poll by at least three weeks to allow all court cases relating to the candidacy of the major parties to be resolved,”reported Vanguard.
Only the candidacy of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Dr Olu Agunloye is said to be free of legal encumbrance as his primary and that of his Deputy, Modupe Akindele, went peacefully.
The candidacy of the APC Candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu; AD Candidate, Olusola Oke; and PDP candidate Jimoh Ibrahim are being challenged.
Aides to the three challenged governorship candidates are unanimous that the poll be shifted to allow for the resolution of the cases.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Olusegun Agbaje has however insisted that the election would not be postponed, bit it seems recent developments as regards the court cases may necessitate a shift in the date.
According to Vanguard, Agbaje’s aides said they could not speak on the sensitive matter as the headquarters has the final say on the date of the poll.