- …Katsina and Imo states have the highest number of 22 governorship candidates each, while Jigawa state has the lowest with only four candidates in the race to succeed Governor Sule Lamido …
Over fifty million registered voters with permanent voter’s cards, PVCs, will today decide the fate of over three hundred and eighty governorship candidates in twenty nine states of the federation.
Though over 50 million voters have the PVCs, but less than 30 million voters participated in the March 28 presidential and national assembly election.
More voters are expected to participate in today’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections as the positions at stake are considered “local” to the grassroots, in addition to the fact that most of the people that relocated before the March 28 election are not yet back to their places of abode.
A cursory look at the list of governorship candidates indicates that Katsina and Imo states have the highest number of 22 governorship candidates each, while Jigawa state has the lowest with only four candidates in the race to succeed Governor Sule Lamido who will be completing his second tenure on May 29.
Out of the over 360 governorship candidates, the incumbent governors that will be seeking a renewal of their mandate today are Governors Tanko Al-makura (APC) of Nassarawa state; Abdulfata Ahmed (APC) of Kwara state and Ibrahim Dankwabo (PDP) of Gombe state.
Others are Governors Rochas Okorocha (APC) of Imo state; Ramalan Yero (PDP) of Kaduna state; Ibikunle Amosu (APC) of Ogun state; Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state (APC).
In Sokoto state, 21 candidates are contesting the governorship position Zamfara has 20, Enugu has 19 governor¬ship candidates, while states like Delta and Riv¬ers has 18 candidates.
Yobe, Cross River, Benue, Katsina, Nasarawa and Ebonyi states top list of states with single digit of candidates.
Yobe and Cross River has five governorship candidates, while others like Plateau has six can¬didates; Benue and Nasarawa has eight candidates respec-tively and Ebonyi has nine candidates in the race.
The number of female governorship candidates is less than 10 percent, as only 25 female candidates got the tickets of their political parties while no fewer than 60 females were picked as deputy governors in all the states.
Senator Aisha Alhassan, who is presently representing Taraba North Senatorial zone in the National Assembly, is the only female governorship candidate of a major political party in the North. She is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba state.
Enugu State paraded the highest number of female candidates. The state has three governorship and six female deputy governorship candidates.
Delta, Ebonyi, Niger and Kwara have two female governorship candi¬dates, while Kano, Lagos, Sokoto and Rivers states have one female candidate each.