Ondo 2024: 19 parties to feature in governorship election – INEC

Nineteen political parties have registered their commitment to participating in the November 16 governorship election in Ondo state.

The State’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola, disclosed that the political parties have notified the commission.

Addressing the representatives of the political parties during a meeting held in Akure, the state capital, Babalola said the parties have notified the commission about the conduct of their primaries for the governorship election.

According to her, the political parties include the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), African Action Congress(AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Others are Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Peoples Party (APP), Boot Party (BP), Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Youth Party (YP), Young Progressives Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

Babalola reiterated that the commission has received notification from the political parties for the conduct of the governorship scheduled from April 6 to 27, pointing out that the meeting was an opportunity to engage with political parties on the upcoming party primaries.

She added that the role of political parties in ensuring the success and integrity of the process cannot be overemphasised. 

The Commissioner however enjoined all parties to adhere strictly to their guidelines, rules, and the regulations in their constitutions in the conduct of their primaries next month.

She also advised all parties to entrench the principle of internal democracy in the conduct of their primaries to reduce tension, division and pre – election crisis that may arise after the conduct of the primaries.

Babalola charged them to ensure that their primaries are conducted in a peaceful, orderly, and transparent manner to ensure the credibility of the outcomes.

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