Ahead of the Saturday, November 16 gubernatorial election in Kogi state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released a full list of all the participating candidates and their political parties.
Though the most popular candidates are those the two major parties, Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Musa Atayi Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are 22 other candidates contesting in the election.
Out of the 24 candidates, 21 are male while the remaining three are female.
Below is a full list of the gubernatorial candidates and their respective parties.
1. Abdullahi Muhammed (Accord Party)
Running mate: Ibitoye Roseline Abosede
2. Muhammadul-Kabir Abdul-Wasiu (AAC)
Running mate: Abdulrahman Ibrahim
3. Medupin Ephraim (AD)
Running mate: Jibrin Mohammed Tenimu
4. Justina Dolapo Abanida (ADC)
Running mate: Ibrahim O. Yusuf
5. Ndakwo Abdulrahman Tanko (ADP)
Running mate: Tukura Joseph Jimba
6. Orugun Emmanuel Olorunmowaju (ANRP)
Running mate: Ahmed Sa'eed Baba
7. Bello Yahaya (APC)
Running mate: Onoja Edward David
8. Ibrahim Jibril Sheik (APGA)
Running mate: Durojaiye I Hassan
9. Bello Williams Dele (GDPN)
Running mate: Suleiman Mohammed
10. Victor Akubo (GPN)
Running mate: Muhammed Rabi Bela Ladidi (GPN)
11. Gabdulmalik Adama Mohammed (HDP)
Running mate: Adeboye Samuel Olu
12. Alfa Amos Oboy (JMPP)
Running mate: Olayemi Olakunle Emmanuel
13. Jimoh Amodu Yusuf (MAJA)
Running mate: Awoniyi Oyewole Omotayo Sunday
14. Muhammed Ibrahim Dangana (NCP)
Running mate: Umar Abdulazeez Usman Odegiri
15. Musa Atayi Wada (PDP)
Running mate: Samuel Bamidele Aro
16 Ukwumonu Joseph Idachaba (PPN)
Running mate: Isa Karimu Yakubu
17. Moses Itodo Drisu (PPP)
Running mate: Sule Isah Obewa
18. Ayodele Raymond Ajibola (PRP)
Running mate: Tahir Yaqub
19. Natasha Hadiza Akpoti (SDP)
Running mate: Adams Ogbeche Khalid
20. Abdulrazaq Baba Emeje (UDP)
Running mate: Onemayin Paul Oluwole
21. Abuh Sunday Omogami (UPC)
Running mate: Yakubu Isah
22. Shaibu Sani Seidi (YDP)
Running mate: Onimisi Adedayo Benson
23. Aisha Abubakar Audu (YPP)
Running mate: Suleiman Ozigi Ahmed
24. Suleiman Mohammed Mikhail (ZLP)
Running mate: Alice Omolara Olorungbon
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, November 14, ordered law enforcement officials to use all legal means in ensuring that ballots are not stolen or hijacked during the governorship elections scheduled to be held in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
The Nigerian president in a statement via his officer Twitter handle also implored electorates in Bayelsa and Kogi states to exercise their franchise in a peaceful and orderly manner and in line with the law in all situations.
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