11 May 2022 | 4:00 am
A recent opinion poll conducted for Anap Foundation by NOI Polls Limited shows a close-run race for the Ekiti State governorship seat between the top two aspirants: Abiodun Ayobami Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Olusegun Adebayo Oni of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The two candidates are running neck to neck.
Surprisingly, the PDP’s candidate (Olabisi Kayode) is running a distant third. The Ekiti governorship race can therefore correctly be called a two-horse race between APC and SDP and with PDP running as a “dark horse” with only an outside chance of overtaking the front two.
According to the poll, when asked who respondents will be voting for in the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, APC and SDP candidates, Oyebanji and Oni led the list of candidates, while PDP candidate, Kayode, is running a distant third.
However, it is important to note that a whopping 33 per cent of those polled are still undecided as to their choice of candidate; and it is believed this proportion of voters would be critical in deciding who eventually wins the coveted seat.
While the survey results show that youths between the ages of 18 and 25 years are more inclined to vote for Olabisi Kayode, (they also had the largest proportion of undecided (50 per cent). It also shows that a larger range of youths aged 26-35 and the next age bracket 36-45, are more inclined to vote for Olusegun Adebayo Oni.
The survey further shows that 93 per cent of registered voters polled have their Permanent Voter’s Cards with them, while 79 per cent of those voters claimed that they are absolutely certain that they will cast their vote in the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election. Even if the voters only partially live up to their claim, then the pointers are that voter apathy may not rear its ugly head in the same magnitude as it did in the Anambra governorship election where approximately 90 per cent of the registered voters failed to vote on election day.