The tenure of the incumbent, Kayode Fayemi, ends

On October 17, Kayode Fayemi’s term as the incumbent comes to an end. Crossing the state, the political gladiators from the various political parties have been pleading for voters’ support. States have, as usual, erected a variety of political figures in an effort to seize power.

A list of the 16 parties that had put out candidates for the election was made public by the Independent National Electoral Commission in March. There are just three serious candidates left in the race: Biodun Oyebanji of the APC, Segun Oni of the SDP, and Bisi Kolawole of the PDP. At the state and federal levels, Oyebanji is the party’s nominee and has the backing of the executive branch.

He emerged as Governor Kayode Fayemi’s chosen candidate. Segun Oni served as a governor before

One of the three front-runners was a previous governor of Ekiti State, and the other two were candidates for the current governor and the governor who preceded him.

Given the monetization of politics and the electoral process in Nigeria, financial incentives play a significant role in determining who wins the governorship. The APC candidate will have proxy access to the public treasury to fund voter mobilization, while the other candidates would be forced to rely on their cash reserves from earlier treasury looting.

One of the ironies of Nigerian electoral politics is that, despite a lack of funding for service delivery, there is always plenty available for electioneering campaigns and the incentivization of voters.

Election funding is most frequently taken from budgetary allocations, especially during an election year. Elections have been reduced to the winner being the highest bidder due to the “Stomach Infrastructure” phenomena.

It is the same with the election in Ekiti. The victims will be the helpless citizens who sacrificed efficient service delivery on the altar of the “vote for cash” mentality. The ability of candidates to influence voters now determines electoral results more than the proposed policies’ potential to improve service delivery

The national elections in 2019 will serve as a litmus test for the ruling APC in the polls in Ekiti on Saturday and Osun State on July 16, respectively. The APC is in charge of the two states. But the crucial