91 candidates to contest 20 local govt chairmanship seats in Ogun

Ahead of the July local government elections in Ogun State, the Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday officially disclosed that 91 candidates are in the race for chairmanship position in the 20 local governments areas in the state.

The disclosure is contained in a list released by the electoral body at its office located in Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, which also showed that the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} were cleared for the poll.

In all, 15 political parties got the nod to participate in the election, which also has 717 candidates jostling for the councillorship slots in the 236 wards in the state.

The parties include Action Congress of Nigeria {ACN}, Peoples Democratic Party{PDP},Peoples Party of Nigeria{PPN}, Labour Party{LP}, All Nigerian Peoples Party{ANPP}, Community Party of Nigeria{CPN} and All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Others are Action Party of Nigeria, African Renainnance Party, Republican Party of Nigeria, Peoples Salvation Party, Peoples Redemption Party, Congress for Progressive Change and Citizens Peoples Party.

The list, which was given to each of the representatives of the parties by the screening committee chairman, Mutiu Agboke, showed that five of the chairmanship candidates failed screening while two did not show up for the exercise.

Similarly, the screening committee did not clear 23 councillorship candidates for the election while 75 of them were absent.

For the chairmanship positions, 35 candidates emerged from both factions of the PDP, while twenty got the nod to run under the ACN, and 14 for the PPN.

For the councillorship post, PDP factions produced 369 candidates, ACN; 234 while PPN also got its 92 candidates cleared for the election. One candidate from the ANPP withdrew from the chairmanship race.




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