Voting at the Zonal Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commenced with delegates from Ekiti State.
The exercise took off at exactly 4:40 pm with ex-governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, casting his vote at Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (Wocdiff) Centre, Osogbo where the event is being held.
The candidates were told to line up as they were given ballot papers to cast their votes.
There is heavy security presence at the venue of the congress.
Men of the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were sighted at the entrance and around the venue.
Some of the security personnel were also strategically located few kilometres away from the venue.
Though accreditation of delegates was fixed for 9am, it started two hours after.
42 aspirants were cleared by the PDP screening committee on Sunday to contest for the various positions in the zone.
The congress would be attended by 734 delegates across the six western states.
According to the list released by Retired Col. Austin Akobundu, the PDP National Organising Secretary, Oyo has 171 delegates, Osun – 130, Lagos 101, Ogun- 112, Ondo 114, and Ekiti with 115.
A former deputy governor of Oyo State, Taofeek Arapaja, and the immediate zonal chairman of the party, Dr Eddy Olafeso, are contesting for the chairmanship position.
While Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is supporting Arapaja for the chairmanship position, Mr Ayo Fayose, a former Ekiti State governor is supporting Olafeso.