The Kogi governorship election slated for today (Saturday) is underway, with 21 candidates and their political parties vying to take over power and the Government House in the state.
There would have been 22 candidates, but the candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Zainab Usman, announced her withdrawal from the contest on Friday night.
Ms. Usman, the only female in the race, withdrew and then asked her supporters to vote for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Audu.
Withdrawing on the eve of the election when it was too late to alter election materials, her name would definitely remain on the ballot paper as voters go to the polls.
Although two candidates are prominent, namely Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party and Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress, other parties such as the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Accord and 18 others have registered their names on the list of contestants for the coveted office.
While the two leading parties had profound rallies and campaigned throughout the 21 local governments and 239 wards of the state, the other parties managed outings barely noticed by the generality of the citizenry.
The Independent National Electoral Commission in the state has put the number of registered voters in the state at 1,397,786.
With 4,548 polling units across the state, there would be over 31,836 policemen manning the units if the words of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase is anything to go by.
The police boss had promised that each polling units would be manned by seven police officers, besides personnel of other security agencies also expected to be on duty.
The governorship candidates and their political parties are as follows:
Isah Yakubu Kamaldeen, AA
Dickson F. Fred, Accord
Ukenya Musa, ACD
Michael Abdullahi, AD
Usman Zainab, ADC
Odufu Cosmas Friday, APA
Abubakar Audu, APC
Akwu Umar Goodman, APGA
Yinka Cherry Oloruntoba, CPP
Philips Ezekiel Koleola, DPC
Abubakar Ibrahim, DPP
Ibrahim Adejoh, ID
Raji Ogirima KOWA
Philips Omeiza Ozovehe Salawu, LP
Mohammed Ibrahim Dangana, NCP
Mallam Abdul Hussein, NNPP
Emmanuel Daikwo, PDC
Idris Ichalla Wada, PDP
Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi, PPA
Ojuh Godwin Hussein, PPN
Enema Paul, SDP
Saád Mukailu Yaro, UDP