The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of candidates and their deputies for the Ondo State Governorship election.

The names of the candidates were published on Saturday at the INEC state and local government headquarters across the state.

The election is scheduled for November 16, 2024.

The political parties, numbering 17, had earlier met the deadline of May 20 for the submission of the names of the candidates they have nominated.

The candidates with their respective running mates are Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Olayide Adelami, APC; Agboola Ajayi, Samuel Ogunmusi, PDP; Ajibola Falaiye, Samuel lkuyajolu, Accord; Omolere Akinuli, Oluwatosin Adeyemi, Action AA; Oluwaseyi Ajayi, Abiodun Lijofi, AAC; Olatunji Popoola, Ayorinde Adedeji, APGA; Allied Peoples Movement, lsaac Ogunfeyimi, Arowolo Afolabi, APM; Babatunde Fadoju, Olarewaju Ajagunna, APP; Adeyemi Nejo, Rasheed Ibrahim, ADC; Ayodele Olorunfemi, Olabisi Adu, LP; Oluwatosin Ayeni, Abike Omoyugbo, NNPP; and Babatunde Alli, deputy, Olusegun Famesa, PRP.

Others are Olusegun Oyebolu, Gift Dada, SDP; Otitoloju Akinmurele, Ayodele Obe, YPP; Kehinde Adegoke, Otitoleke Olupitan, YP; and Abbas Mimiko, Opeyemi Fadoju, ZLP.

Meanwhile, the final list of candidates will be published by INEC on the 18th of June, and campaigns by political parties will officially open on June 19 2024. The campaign will close 24 hours to the election.

The nomination of Governor Aiyedatiwa is being challenged by Jimoh Ibrahim, the senator representing Ondo South and a governorship aspirant.

Mr Ibrahim is asking the court to cancel the April 20 primary election of the APC and order for a repeat of the process, arguing that the election process failed to comply with the law.

He has also prayed the court to bar the APC from participating in the coming election unless it conducts a fresh primary election.

Efforts to appease the leaders of the APC to appease the senator failed.

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