Nigerians will be trooping to the polling booths once again today to elect governors for 29 of the 36 states. Also to be elected today are legislators for all the state houses of assembly. Although 1, 066 candidates were cleared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to contest the governorship polls, and 14, 583 for the state assembly elections, some have since been declared ineligible by the courts while some others have stepped down following alliance talks among the parties.
One of the state assembly candidates died on Wednesday. He is Adamu Kwanate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Nasarawo/Binyeri (Mayo Belwa 1) in Adamawa State. He was said to have collapsed during a campaign in Kwanate and rushed to a hospital in Yola, the state capital where he died.
The INEC which is still fresh with its experience from the February 23 presidential and national assembly elections,says it is ready for the latest round of polls. The police and the army say they are equally ready although the army has warned that its men will be ‘tough’ this time around.