The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday confirmed Eyitayo Jegede as the "authentic candidate" of the crisis ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state ahead of the governorship election slated for November 26th 2016.
The Commission subsequently went ahead and published Mr. Jegede's name as the Candidate of the ruling party despite a factional crisis rocking the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The electoral body, however, dropped the name of Jimoh Ibrahim who has also been parading himself as the recognized governorship Candidate of the PDP in the same state.
Mr. Ibrahim, a controversial businessman was the factional candidate of the party under the control of the embattled factional PDP Chairman, Alimodu Sheriff.
Mr. Jegede, a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State was the factional candidate of the PDP in the state under the factional National Chairman, Ahmed Makarafi.
The duo of Biyi Poroye and Clement Faboyede laying claims to the leadership control of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State.
SaharaReporters correspondent reported that the Commission has also recognized Rotimi Akeredolu as the gubernatorial candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress in Ondo State.
It was learned that the Commission had already cleared no fewer than twenty-eight political parties and their Candidates that would participate in the November 26th governorship poll in the state.
Names of the political parties and their candidates where made public on Thursday evening.
Below is the list of candidates and their parties released are as follows:
Accord (A): Pastor Oladare Amuda
Action Alliance (AA): Barrister Yinka Oloyede Orokoto
Alliance for Democracy (AD): Dr. Akin Olowookere
African Democratic Congress (ADC): Mrs Modupe Ogunyoku
African People Alliance (APA): Mrs Helen Folasade
Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN): Chief Adetuwo Ogunjumelo
All Progressives Congress (APC): Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu
All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA): Prince Samuel Ayo Adegbite
Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP): Hon. Funmilayo Jenyo Ataunoko
Citizens Popular Party (CPP): Prince Peter Fasua
Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC): Reverend Dr. M.D Adeeyo
Democratic Peoples Party (DPP): Mrs Olamide Falana
Hope Democratic Party (HDP): Hon. Olumuyiwa Odedeyi
Independent Democrats (ID): Mr Samuel Oluwatoyin
Labour Party (LP): Hon. Adeoti Taiye Stephen
National Conscience Party (NCP): Davies Oluwasuyi
National Unity Party (NUP): Pastor Moses Ayibiowo
New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP): Dr. Oluwadare Bada
KOWA Party (KP): Barrister Daniel Ogungbemi
People for Democratic Change (PDC): Segun Odidiemi
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP): Barrister Eyitayo Jegede
Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN): Madam Temidola Olagbegi Olunmoliyi
Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA): Prince Adekunle Egbuwalo
Peoples Redemption Party (PRP): Roland Aregbede
Social Democratic Party (SDP): Dr. Olu Agunloye
United Democratic Party (UDP): Mr Olugbenga Falaiye
Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN): Barrister Bolarinwa Aidi
United Progressive Party (UPP): Mr. Olamilekan Iyanu Olufemi
Young Democratic Party (YDP): Mr. Anthony Adeniranye.