April11 Guber Polls: 368 candidates vies for governor in 29 states

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A total of 368 candidates would on Saturday vie for governorship seats in 29 states in the country where the gubernatorial elections would be conducted, statistics at the Independent National Electoral Commission have shown.

Sokoto State APC governorship aspirant - Aminu Tambuwal
Sokoto State APC governorship aspirant – Aminu Tambuwal

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that governorship polls will not hold in Kogi, Ekiti, Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo and Osun States.

The INEC data also revealed that no fewer than 5,218 candidates are contesting in the House of Assembly election in the 36 states on the same day.

Details of the statistics showed that 22 candidates out of the governorship candidates are females. Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross-River, Nassarawa, Niger, Ogun, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba have one female governorship candidate each.

Two female candidates each are in the race in Delta, Ebonyi, Kano, Kwara and Lagos States, while three female candidates are contesting in Enugu State.

The data indicated that no female candidate is in the race in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Oyo, Plateau, Yobe and Zamfara States. A further breakdown of the data revealed that in Abia State, 13 candidates are in the contest for the Government House, 14 in Akwa Ibom State, while Benue and Nasarawa States have eight candidates each.

In Enugu State, 19 candidates are in the race; Borno, 13 candidates; nine in Ebonyi; and four in Jigawa. It also showed that 12 candidates each are contesting in Gombe, Adamawa and Oyo States, 10 each in Bauchi and Niger States, five each in Cross River and Yobe, while Imo and Kano States have 22 candidates each in the race.

Kaduna State, according to the records, has 14 candidates in the governorship contest, seven in Katsina, and 17 each in Kebbi, Lagos, Kwara, and Ogun States.

Sixteen candidates are vying for the position in Plateau State, six in Delta State and 18 in Rivers State, while Sokoto State has 21 candidates and 20 in Zamfara State. The INEC statistics also revealed that out of the 5,218 candidates in Houses of Assembly seats across the country, 743 are females while 4,475 are males.

It showed that one female candidate each is contesting for a legislative seat in Katsina and Yobe States, 27 candidates in Abia, 10 each in Adamawa and Cross River and nine each in Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa.

It also revealed that 65 female candidates each are contesting in Anambra and Enugu states; Delta, 36 candidates; Ebonyi, 14; Edo, 12; Ekiti, 35; Gombe and Bauchi, seven each; and Benue,11.

Borno and Nasarawa States have two candidates each in the contest; Imo, 30; Jigawa and Sokoto, three each; and Kaduna, eight candidates. In Kebbi , Kano and Kogi States, 18 female candidates each are in the race; Lagos, 43 candidates; Niger, 13; Ogun, 41; Ondo, 26; Osun, 71; Oyo, 31; Plateau, 28; Rivers, 17; Taraba,15, and five in Zamfara.

In Abia, the data showed 140 candidates are in the race; Adamawa,149; Akwa Ibom, 121; Anambra, 243; Benue, 119; Balyelsa, 145; Borno, 126; Cross River, 85; Delta, 193; Ebonyi, 115, and 108 in Edo. The commission’s records also indicated that in Ekiti, 132 candidates will vie for assembly seats in the elections; Enugu, 155; Gombe, 101; Imo, 256; Jigawa, 82; Kaduna, 113; Kano, 249, and Kastina, 16.

Kebbi has 109 candidates; Kogi, 110; Kwara, 125; Lagos, 209; Nasarawa state and Niger, 117 each; 191 candidates in Ogun; 172 in Ondo; Osun, 195; Oyo 241; Plateau, 87; Rivers and Sokoto, 163 each, Taraba, 111; Yobe, 70, and Zamfara, 148.

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