No fewer than two hundred and sixty aspirants have declared interests in senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly seats in next year’s general elections in Ekiti State.

The prospective candidates would contest for the three senatorial seats, six House of Representatives’ seats and 26 seats in the House of Assembly in 2019.

No fewer than 40 persons are currently seeking the nod of their political parties for the national and state assemblies’ seats from the five most visible parties in the state.

The number of aspirants is expected to increase as the build-up to the 2019 polls continues to gather momentum.

The prominent parties in the state are: the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP), MEGA Party, Accord Party (AP) and the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).

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Many of the aspirants have flooded Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, and other major towns, like Ikole-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Ijero-Ekiti, Emure-Ekiti and Ifaki-Ekiti, with their campaign billboards, handbills and posters.

The aspirants include Senators Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, Biodun Olujimi, Ayo Arise and Olubunmi Adetumbi.

Also, the former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Obafemi Adewale and a former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele have indicated interests in the seats.

Others are: a former chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, Tai Oguntayo; a former Chief of Staff, Yemi Adaramodu and the former Special Adviser on Documentation, Hakeem Jamiu.

The list also include: Dr Segun Osinkolu, Demola Oladaiye and Abayomi Lostay, among others.

The governorship election in the state was concluded on July 14 with Dr Kayode Fayemi becoming the governor-elect.

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