Live Updates: Nigeria Decides 2023

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Thugs Snatch Ballot Boxes in Lagos Polling Units, Fire Gunshots 

Rebecca Ejifoma

There was pandemonium at Ebutte-Meta, Surulere and in the Agboola Obisanya junction areas of Lagos state as voters and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) scampered to safety. 

Some distraught voters captured the incidents on videos that have gone viral on Instagram and Twitter with no military personnel in sight. 

In Agboola Obisanya, voters were seen running helter-skelter as sporadic gunshots were heard. There were claims that some thugs snatched ballot boxes, leaving some in the drainage. 

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It’s Now Possible to Vote Without Inducement, Says Sen Arise 

By Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti

Former member of National Assembly, Senator Ayo Arise has said that the conduct of today’s Presidential and the National Assembly elections has demonstrated the the possibility of voting without being induced with monetary gains.

Though, expressed worry over the low turnout of voters in his areas, describing it as not too impressive but peaceful based on his observation so far.

Arise who is a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and epresented the Ekiti North Senatorial District at the Senate between 2007-2011 said he was able to garner unalloyed support for his party and candidate due to his goodwill and evergreen contributions to the development of his communities.

He subscribed to the idea of providing social amenities that would benefit the citizens which he described as lasting rather than giving out tokens.

Meanwhile, House of Representatives Candidate in the Ekiiti North Federal Constituency 1 on the platform of the Social Democratic party(SDP), Hon.Bimho Daramola lamented that his party agents were chased away from the polling units.

Daramola, a former member of the National Assembly lauded the conduct of the poll by INEC saying the political moneybags had failed to compromise the elections as voters came out willingly to exercise their franchise without being induced with money.


Adebule Laments Late Arrival of Election Materials at Polling Unit

*Says INEC’s conduct short of voters’ expectations

Segun James

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos West Senatorial Candidate, Dr Idiat Adebule, lamented the late arrival of voting material to her senatorial district, even as she urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to improve on the logistics surrounding electoral process.

The former Deputy Governor of Lagos state said the voting process had not been smooth and short of the people’s expectations.

Adebule, who arrived early at the Polling Unit 029 at Iba, was surprised that the INEC officials didn’t turn up until 10:40am.

She appealed to the aggrieved electorate who had been at the centre as early as 7:30am to be patient.

“Majority of voters are more agitated. It has not always been like this. I’ve been voting here for quite a while. The turnout of voters during this election is commendable. It was better than the previous polls. People are eager to vote.

“INEC should tidy up preparation and logistics early enough and be responsive to the people. People have been waiting here from 8am and voting didn’t commence until 11am. The electorate are not happy about it. I’m sure the INEC can improve on this.”


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Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya voting at his polling unit ( Yahaya Umaru 010) Jekadafari Ward.


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Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his wife casting their votes at their home town Yelwan Duguri 008 Bakin Dutse Polling unit


Gbajabiamila Votes, Confident of APC Victory

Ugo Aliogo

The Speaker House of Assembly, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed confidence of his party’s victory in the Presidential and National Assembly election.
Gbajabiamila, who casta his vote at the Polling Unit 014, Ward 08, Fowler Memorial International School, Masha, Surulere Local Government Lagos State said his party track records would be the yardstick for victory at the presidential poll.
The Speaker, who disclosed this in Lagos after voting, noted that so far the election had been fair, peaceful, credible and expressed confidence it would remain so across the federation.
On how confident is he about APC and its various candidates, he responded that elections come and go everywhere in the world, adding that everything is in God’s hand. He said man proposes but God disposes, but hinted that he is confident that the party would triumph at the end of the day.
According to him, “So far from what I can see, it looks very peaceful, very orderly and it looks very fair. For me, it is free, fair and very credible. People have come out to exercise their franchise and this is what democracy is all about and it is exciting that we are going through this process; and I hope it continues like this till the polls close.”
Responding to journalists on how critical this exercise was to his party and the nation, Gbajabiamila, said election everywhere in the world remains a turning point, adding that every election is very pivotal.
Continuing, he added: “Every election is always critical and it is always a turning point. Are we going to move on or are we going to go back into reverse? Anywhere in the world people make their decisions and make their determination on where they want to go, pitch their tents. So, this is a defining moment for us as Nigerians.

“Well, my advice is that Nigerians should not be swayed by a lot of what we see especially half truth. But they should be smart enough to look at what has happened and what every candidate has to offer. But what is most important in any democracy, even in the most advanced democracy that we strive to be like is the track record of the candidates and that is the most important thing to look at nothing less. We have candidates who are vying for different positions and they are bringing something to the table.”

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Buhari: I Voted for Tinubu

.Predicts APC victory from Daura to Lagos

Deji Elumoye in Abuja 

President Muhammadu Buhari in rare show of loyalty on Saturday in his country home, Daura, Katsina State, displayed his ballot paper, with thumb print for All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, saying after campaigning for the political leader in many parts of the country, he has reaffirmed on his preferred successor. 

President Buhari, who voted alongside his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, and other family members, at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit, 003, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, assured that he had always supported the candidature of Asiwaju Tinubu, and the show of his ballot paper to the media and the public further shows his commitment to the party and the national leader. 

 According to him: “I am very impressed because I have seen how the people turned up. I am very impressed and very happy. Well, the candidate I voted for I have already mentioned him in many states in Nasarawa, Katsina and Sokoto.

 “All over the places I mentioned my favourite candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu, and I believe my constituency will elect him 100 percent”.

President Buhari advised Nigerians to ensure that their rights to vote were always respected. 

“Nigerians should make sure that they are respected; that means that the candidate they want to vote for they are allowed to vote for him. 

President Buhari expressed concern and pity that only one female emerged as gubernatorial candidate of the APC, Aisha Ahmed Binani, urging support for the candidate.

His words: “It is a pity there is only one female candidate from Adamawa State so the electorate should kindly follow our party.”

Asked how he felt that it was the first time since 2003 that he was not on the ballot paper, the President said, “it is very exciting. I look at those who are competing and some of them are so agitated and they didn’t know that I tried three times and ended up in the Supreme Court three times.

“The fourth time I said ‘God dey’ and God sent technology, Permanent Voters Card, so no fraudulent person can claim anything,’’ he stated.

According to the President, “APC will win, from Daura to Lagos.’’

The President’s family members and staff also voted at the polling unit.


INEC: Collation Starts Sunday

Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja 

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said the collation of results will start on Sunday.

The chairman disclosed this Saturday while giving updates on the voting process nationwide.

He also said this was the first time that the general election was not postponed since 2011.

Yabuku said while the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) worked optimally in most of the states across the federation, the commission had recorded some challenges.

He said one of the challenges was the inability of the Commission to open the polling units at the appointed hour of 8:30am in a number of places.

He also decried insecurity in some parts of the country, but assured that no Nigerian would be disenfranchised.


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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji casting his vote at his Unit 3, Ward 6, Okelele, Ikogosi Ekiti….


Kaduna: Voters in Some Polling Units Call for Extension of Voting Time

By John Shiklam in Kaduna

In Kaduna, voters in many polling units in Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs are calling for extension of time, due to late arrival of election materials.
For instance in Kaduna South LGA, voting started between 10:30am and 11: 30 am in PU062 Barnawa Complex, PU022 Barnawa Complex and PU025 Federal Housing estate Barnawa.
Also in Chikun voting commenced by 11:30am in PU 015, Pu016, PU051 and PU052, Anguwan Megero, as well as PU 058, Akut Street Sabon Tasha GRA
and PU013, Anguwan Yelwa.
Some of the voters who spoke with THISDAY in an interview said it will be unfair if the time for closing of voting was not extended.


Absence of Security Personnel Raises Fears Among Voters in Sokoto Metropolis

By Onuminya Innocent In Sokoto

Absence of security personnel in most polling units within Sokoto Metropolis has created fear of attack by political thugs among voters.

A voter who spoke to THISDAY on condition of anonimity said he’s a supervisory agent of a political party. He noted that most of the polling units he visited within the Sokoto town had no security agents. 

Confirming the situation the APC state chairman Alhaji Isa Sadiq Acida told THISDAY that the reports he got from the party agents across the state stated that there were absence of security personnel in most of the polling units  in the state.

At the time of filing this report, he was trying to call the situation room of INEC.

Acida urged the people of the state to remain calm saying even if it’s takes three days, those on the line will be allowed to cast their votes. 


Sokoto PDP Guber Candidate, Umar, Votes, Prays for Hitch free Exercise

The Sokoto State PDP Governorship Candidate, Mallam Saidu Umar FCNA (Mallam Ubandoman Sokoto) has cast his vote at Polling Unit 022 Sabon-titi opposite Borehole, in Kofar Atiku area.

Nafiu Muhammad Lema,
New Media Aide to the Governorship Candidate, in a statement said Umar, while addressing journalists immediately after exercising his franchise, said he was impressed by the level of voter turnout which according to him is a good prospect for the nation’s nascent democracy. 

The governorship candidate of the ruling party in the state, while commending the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for deploying ad hoc staff and materials in time, also called on the voters to exercise their civic rights peacefully while also praying for a hitch-free exercise around the state, and the nation at large. 

Umar who arrived at the Polling centre at exactly 12pm was accredited 20 minutes later, and cast his vote at 12:20 pm.

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El- Rufai Laments Poor Voter Turnout in Kaduna 

By John Shiklam in Kaduna 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed concern over low voter turnout in the Presidential and national assembly elections in Kaduna state. 

Speaking in an interview with journalists while waiting to cast his vote at his PU 024, Anguwan Sarki GRA, Kaduna North LGA, the governor appealed to the people to come out and vote. 

He commended  INEC for improvement in the electoral process, stressing that “so far everything appears orderly across the state; all  the reports we are getting are positive”. 

The governor however said, “This morning, we got report of one incident in Southern Kaduna where BVAS and ballot boxes were snatched and in Soba where two ballot boxes were also snatched”. 

While lamenting the poor turnout of voters, El-Rufai said, “My only concern is low voter turnout, people are not coming out to vote. And I want to appeal to everyone to please come out and vote, because you have once in four years opportunity to pick your leaders and you should take it seriously. 

“It is the leaders that you select today that will run the affairs of your country for the next four years. So, please don’t stay back at home, come out and vote. And remember anytime you don’t come out to vote, you are giving opportunity to people you don’t like two more votes, because your vote will reduce the gap by one, but if you don’t come out, you are giving them by default two more votes.”


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, cast their votes at the Polling Unit Open Space under kolanut tree, Awolowo road, Egunrege, Ikenne in Ogun State

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Voting Priority Accorded the Elderly Unsettles Youth Voters 

Sunday Ehigiator 

As voting commenced in many parts of Lagos, the decision by the Independent Electoral Commission to prioritise the Elderly, alongside Persons With Disability (PWD), Pregnant Women and Nursing mothers seems not to have be going down well with youth voters in many polling units.

THISDAY gathered that at Kosofe Local Government and some parts of Ikorodu, the youth are claiming that it is a ploy to disenfranchise the youth who they say form the largest parts of the voting population.

Speaking with THISDAY at Ward 10, Unit 50 under Kosofe, Owode Onirin delimitation, a youth who simply identified himself as Obinna described the situation as very concerning. 

According to him, “Many of us the youth have been here since 6:30am. They gave us number. I am number 21. Most of the Elderly are just coming and they are attending to them first. This is very concerning.

“Are they trying to disenfranchise us? Why will they be attending to just the Elderly since 8:30am that they started voting and this is already past 12pm and they are yet to attend to one single youth.”

Also speaking with THISDAY at Ward 10, Unit 35, in Ajegunle, another youth Ms Olasunbo said “We have just been made to wait endlessly on the queeue without being attended to. They are only attending to elders as if they are the only ones they want to vote and not the youth.

“And i heard voting is ending by 2:30pm, when will they now attend to us. This is sad.”


Obi Votes, Confident of Victory

By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi has voted at his Amatutu ward two, polling unit 019, Agulu community in Anaocha Local Government Area.

Obi who voted at about 11:45am expressed optimism of his victory.

He told journalists that he was satisfied with the conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission, so far in the election, and hoped that the same was happening in other places across the country.

“This election is very important to Nigeria, and I have confidence of victory.

“I have the mental capacity, energy and drive to lead this country. We need to get things right in Nigeria,” the presidential candidate.

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Kaduna: voters at PU062, Barnawa Shopping Complex, Kaduna South LGA, waiting for INEC officials


Ekiti REC Confirms Massive Turnout, Assures Voters of Acceptable, Credible Outcome

By Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti

The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC Ekiti State Prof. Abayomi Salami has assured voters in the state that the outcome of the election will be credible and will be acceptable to all concerned.

This is just as he confirmed large turnout of voters for the exercise, which he commended.

The Commissioner gave the assurance during election monitoring of the presidential and national assembly polls, currently going on nationwide.

Salami, who noted that’ votes would count, said all the gadgets the commission provided for the smooth conduct of the election were all working perfectly at the polling units so far visited by his team.

He added that reports reaching him from across the State, also alluded to the fact that officials of the commission, handling them are doing quite well, as expected of them.while places where lapses are observed are being attended to with speed.

He said he was highly impressed at the massive turnout of the electorates and the conducts of the INEC officials at the PU.

Though report said there were little hitches in accessing the BIVAS machine in some areas, INEC technicians, detailed for such emergencies, were promptly called to salvage the situation, especially at ward 10, unit 2, St. Mango Oke-Isha Ado -Ekiti and Iyin Ekiti unit 003, ward B Eyelori Compound but was normalised within about an hour following intervention of the REC.


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Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai waiting on the queue to cast his votes at his PU024, Anguwan Sarki GRA, Kaduna North LGA.


INEC Officials Yet to Arrive Polling Units Some Areas of FCT

Chuks Okocha in Abuja

At the News Engineering junction of Dawaki as at 11.15 am, voters were protesting the non arrival of INEC officials and voting materials. The number of the voting centre is 073.

Also within the same area at voting centre 074 within Dawaki, INEC officials arrived at 11.25 am. No reason was given for the late arrival.

At the Faith Academy voting area in the FO1 of Kubwa, voting started late, but voting was orderly. Only two security officials of Civil Defence and Federal Road Safety officials were on ground.

Between Kubwa and Berger junction within the FCT, there was restriction of vehicular movement, security officials stopped vehicles that were not authorised to be on the road.

In most of the places visited, there was peaceful conduct of voters, except visible protests over late arrival of INEC officials and voting materials.


Electorate Eager to Vote, Wait for Election Materials, INEC Officials in FCT

The electorate at most polling units in the Apo Resettlement Area in Abuja have decried the non-arrival of electoral officials and materials as at 9.30 a.m.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the polling units are the Primary Health Centre Polling Unit 129, Apo Senior Secondary School Polling Unit 123, near chief palace and Town Hall Polling Unit 128, among others.

The electorate were seen at the various polling units waitingfor the arrival of officials and materials.

An electorate at the Health Centre, Mr Amos Kobe, said: “This is my first time of coming out to vote.  I am determined and the delay will not deter me.

“We need change in this country and that change will begin from me. So, I came prepared to wait and ensure my vote will count.’’

At the Apo Secondary School, Mr Pedro Ajayi expressed disappointment that the electoral process was yet to commence in all of Apo Resettlement area.

Ajayi said: “I came here since 7.30 a.m and all we have been able to do is take numbers, no sign of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.

“So many people have been coming and leaving angrily. I hope they will return to exercise their right.”

Also at the Town Hall unit, the electorate were seen hanging around without any sign of the officials.

At the Apo Village, the INEC officials arrived at about 9.30 a.m and more than 1,000 electorate who had taken numbers were sited hanging around to cast their votes.

Miss Ginika Ebere expressed excitement on seeing the INEC officials, saying: “Thank God I will be able to vote today for the first time.”

Mr Aaron Abram said: “The voting process is supposed to start by 8.30 and imagine when the officials are arriving.

“I don’t see the process ending at 2.30 p.m. because there are so many people here.

“The only interesting thing is that no matter how much time they waste, Nigerians are prepared to vote and ensure their vote counts.’’

NAN observed that most shops and malls within the resettlement area were closed, although some mini shops were doing skeletal sales to customers. (NAN)


Voters Complain About Inability to Find Names at Polling Units in Ogba Area of Lagos

Ayodeji Ake

While some polling units in Ogba, Ikeja havw began voting process, confusion and arguments rocked some polling units over misinformation and some voters are yet to find their names at the designated polling units.

When THISDAY visited polling unit 020, Kayode Street , Ifako Ijaiye local government at about 10:30am , a heated argument was recorded among voters who couldn’t find their names at the designated polling unit.

Some claimed they got a text from INEC that their previous polling units had been changed and getting there they couldn’t find their names.

A female voter who pleaded anonymity told THISDAY she had been voting in Haruna axis of Ogba in previous elections but got a message from INEC that her polling unit has been changed to 020 and she has been looking for her name for the past one hour.

“This is my first time here. I got a message from INEC but it shows 020 polling unit. They didn’t arrive early and when they came I have been looking for my name for the past one hour. If I don’t see my name I will go back home, “ she said.

Meanwhile, there is no security presence in Thomas Salako, Fadare,Kayode,  Moyo Agoro and Soretire polling units, only an female police officer spotted at polling unit 020 on Kayode street.

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Election: Massive Voter Turnout in Osun

Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

Residents of Osogbo, the Osun State capital, Saturday trooped out enmasse to cast their vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

At Ataoja E polling unit situated at Osogbo Grammar School, Osogbo, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials arrived at the unit around 7am and by 8:26am.

At Ward 12, Otun Jagun A, Polling Unit 15, Oke Popo,  voting started on time, while the aged, physically challenged persons and party agents were given opportunity to cast their votes first.

However, at Otun Jagun, voting didn’t commence at 8:30am because of the disagreement on the agreed place for polling unit, which was later resolved.

Large Turnout, Tight Security, Early Arrival of INEC Officials in Wuse Area of FCT 

Udora Orizu in Abuja 

There was massive turnout of voters and early arrival of INEC officials in some polling units visited by our correspondent in Wuse, FCT.

Before 8:30 am, INEC officials were seen in PU 166, 173 offloading election materials, while voters in these areas were waiting patiently.

Voting which commenced at about 9:30am, had electoral officials attending to the voters on queue.

As at the time of filling this report, the process is  peaceful, with adequate security manning the areas.

International election observers were also seen witnessing the voting process.


Large Turnout of Voters in Bogoro LG of Bauchi 

By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi

An impressive turnout of voters at Boi polling Unit with code number 005 in Bogoro Local Government (LGA) Area of Bauchi state was recorded at 7:25 am.

This is as the Chairman Caretaker Committee Bogoro Local Government Area, Hon Markus Bitrus Lusa has expressed confidence in the ability of INEC to deliver the best election.

THISDAY reports that there were heavy presence of security personnel such as the Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) providing adequate security at  the polling units while the INEC officials were sighted setting up the unit.

Our Correspondent who monitored the process observed that as at 7:59 a.m at Pada polling unit with code number 03, Tilde Fulani in Toro Local Government Area, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) personnel were setting up the polling unit with every necessary materials for the voting exercise readily available.

Electorate were seen on the queue and eagerly waiting to cast their votes for their choice of candidates.

However, in Dan’iya Hardo Ward of Bauchi Local Government Area which comprises both Old and New Government Reserved Area (GRAs), there was no presence of INEC officials nor voting materials as at 8:30 am.

Also visited were Sa’adu Zungur Primary School IV polling unit, Winniee ‘A’ polling unit as well as Sa’adu Zungur Primary School III and V polling units. Only a few voters were seen waiting for the INEC officials while there were no traces of security personnel.

In Bakari Dukku Collation Centre where sensitive materials were being distributed around 8:40 a.m, THISDAY observed that all the officials to be deployed to the Dan’iya Hardo Ward were still in the Collation Centre collecting their election materials with heavy presence of security personnel.

When approached, one of the officials who did not want his name mentioned said he was to serve as Assistant Presiding Officer (APO1), abd explained that they were still waiting for the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to be given as well as transportation allowance before leaving the Collation Centre.

Meanwhile, the Chairman Caretaker Committee Bogoro LGA, Hon Markus Bitrus Lusa has expressed confidence in the ability of INEC to deliver the best election.

The Chairman made the expression shortly after casting his vote in unit 005 Lusa B Ward Bogoro LGA today.

He commended INEC for starting the election on time and the turn out of the electorate.

“I am really impressed with INEC. As you can see the election started at exactly 8:34 as announced by the commission and massive turnout of the electorates. The turnout is massive and I believe the election is going to be a success”, the chairman stated. 

He however urged the people of Bogoro LGA to support INEC to deliver on its mandate by respecting the electoral laws.

“I urge our people to go out and vote candidates of their choice. Let all of us conduct ourselves in peace and not allow anything to disrupt public peace” 

Hon Lusa called on INEC staff to be fair and honest in the discharge of their duties.  


Video: Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Wife, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu voted at his Polling Unit, Ward E3 St Stephen Primary School, Adeniji Adele Road Lagos Island.


Election Peaceful in Kwara as Electorate Arrive Polling Units Early 

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

There was orderliness and peaceful atmosphere in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in most parts of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

In areas visited by THISDAY, there was high level of compliance among the people as streets were deserted and the electorate were at polling units as early as 8am.

INEC officials and voting materials did not get to many polling booths as at 9:30 am. 

Also, in Oro Town, the country home of Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, people were seen lined up in a peaceful manner to exercise their franchise.

Reports from other wards in the town showed the total compliance of the voters to the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the poll

Voters were accredited at 9:20 a.m without any hindrance with the presence of security agencies, political parties agents and INEC officials.


Mixed Reactions Trail New Polling Units, Late Arrival of INEC Officials

Ayodeji Ake

Therebwere mixed reactions from the electorate over newly created polling units by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), which according to the commission, is  to ease the burden of overcrowding in some polling units.

Electorate in Ifako Ijaiye local government lamented they couldn’t find their names and they had been moving rom one polling unit to another to find out where their names appeared.

When THISDAY engaged a party agent on Thomas Salako street who pleaded anonymity, he said there was information that there were newly created polling units.

Raising conversation among the electorate about the text messages sent by INEC informing electorate about the newly created poll units and advertorial information in the media to confirm their polling units on the commission’s official website , many of the electorate said they didn’t receive any text message from INEC.

While the loud murmur was ongoing, a public transit bus conveying some INEC officials arrived at around 9:25am.

On Kayode street of Ifako Ijaiye local government, some voters were seen idle, waiting for the INEC officials at 046 polling unit.

When THISDAY spoke to one of the party agents, she confirmed  INEC officials will soon be on ground as they are on their way.

Meanwhile, due to the absence of INEC officials at some polling units, some youths were spotted at three different locations on Kayode Street, playing football.

As of the time of this report , no single security personnel on ground and some voters still wandering on the street in search of their polling units.

INEC officials resumed work at Polling Unit 046 at 9:50am.

When THISDAY spoke to the INEC officials, they said they left office late.


EFCC Officials Storm Obi’s Polling Unit 

By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrived the polling unit of the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi.

The officials who came in an unmarked white Toyota Hiace Bus arrived Obi’s Amatutu ward two, polling unit 019 at exactly 10:25am.

They however declined interview from journalists.

The leader of the team had a brief chat with the leadership of INEC in the unit, urging him to call the commission’s helpline if they sought help of any kind.

The leader also had a brief chat with Obi who was coming back from what THISDAY learnt was a tour of the village.

The team has however left the polling unit, promising to come back soon.

Obi is still being expected at his Amatutu ward two, polling unit 019, where he will cast his vote.


Election: Huge Turnout at Polling Units in Niger

Laleye Dipo in Minna

A large number of eligible voters turned out on Saturday for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in different parts of Niger State on Saturday.

Though the electoral officers did not report at their polling units at 8am, voting however commenced at most of the stations at about 9am. 

Voters had problems identifying their stations due to the decentralisation of the units by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Security was also very tight at the stations visited by THISDAY, while voters conducted themselves in peaceful and orderly manner.

At the Angwa Galadima polling unit in Paiko, the senator representing Niger East senatorial zone, Sani Musa, and his wife were the first set of voters to cast their ballots at about 10.30pm.

Musa after casting his ballot commended INEC for the good arrangement made which he said will further deepen democracy.


Election: Kaduna Experiences Massive Turnout, Delayed Distribution of Materials

Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kaduna metropolis is recording massive turnout of voters, but delay in distribution of election materials is being experienced.

Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) covering the elections reported that as at 9:11am, material and  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff were yet to arrive at some polling units.

INEC had fixed 8.30am for the commencement of the election process.

NAN reported that voters started trooping to polling units as early as 7 am, while distribution of sensitive material by INEC officials started at 8:10 am.

Mr Samuel Gambo, a resident of Narayi, said the early turnout of voters in the area showed their eagerness to vote.

“The long awaited day is here and you can see how the people have turned out to cast their vote,” he said.

NAN reported that security agents were present at most polling centres, just as people conducted themselves orderly.

Polling units visited at Barnawa area of Kaduna metropolis indicated early turnout of voters, while sensitive materials were yet to arrive at the units as at 9am.

At Rigasa area however, distribution of election materials took place in earnest, drawing commendation from some observers and party agents.

Mrs Safiya Haruna , an agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commended INEC for a good job.

She expressed optimism that the elections would be peaceful because enough security personnel had been deployed to maintain law and order.

Usamatu Isiyaku , a party agent of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), said distribution of election materials in the areas was without hitches.

Meanwhile, accreditation had commenced in few polling units visited at Kakuri area of Kaduna South.

At LGEA Baban Dodo Primary School unit, voters had turned out massively, conducting themselves in orderly manner.

Ali Yahaya, a Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO), said there were about 88 polling units, being handled by over 350 officials.

“So far, the exercise has been smooth,” he told NAN.

Speaking on the cause of delay in the distribution of election material, an INEC supervisor who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, attributed the hitch to late turnout of some advocates staff.

“We had arranged that those advocates staff were to spent the night at the distribution centres but some of them left and turned up this morning.

“The flouting of this arrangement is responsible for the hitch, but just in some few polling units,” he said. (NAN)


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Electorate confirming their names at Polling Unit 050 at Thomas Salako Street, Ifako Ijaiye local government


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Voters at Polling Unit 032 on Thomas Salako , Ifako Ijaiye local government


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Some youths playing football on Kayode Street Ifako Ijaiye local government area of Lagos


Buhari Votes in Daura, Displays Ballot Paper

Deji Elumoye in Abuja 

President Muhammadu Buhari has voted in his country home, Daura in Katsina State.

The president, who arrived the polling unit which is a working distance from his house, was accredited at about 10.07am.

President Buhari, in company with his wife, Aisha, after accreditation, collected the ballot papers and went into the cubicle to vote for candidates of their choice in the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The president thereafter displayed the ballot paper for people to see his choice of presidential candidate before putting it in the ballot box.


Security Personnel Absent at Obi’s Polling Unit 

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Despite announcements of heavy deployment of security operatives in Anambra State by the state police command, THISDAY has noticed the total absence of security at Amatutu village, where the Labour Party, LP presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi hails from.

Checks even at Agulu ward two, polling unit 019 shows absence of security operatives.

The polling unit with a high voter turnout, also has a huge number of journalists in the unit, all waiting for the candidate to vote.

The state police command’s spokesperson in his reaction however said their operatives were deployed to the area.


Ekiti Dep Gov Votes, Describes Turnout as Impressive

By Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mrs Monisade Afuye, has described the level of turnout for today’s  Presidential and National Assembly election in Ekiti State as heartwarming and impressive. 

In the same vein, Mrs Afuye said the Bimodal Voters’ Authentication System(BVAS) initiative of the Independent National Electoral Commission, was radicalising and bolstering the integrity of the country’s election.

The Deputy Governor spoke after voting at about 8.56am, at Atiba /Aafin ward 001, Akamija unit 003, at Ikere Ekiti, Ikere Local Government Area of the State.

The Ekiti number two citizen lauded the combined forces of security agencies deployed for the election for being highly professional in the handling of the electoral process.

Mrs Afuye saluted the industry and painstakingness of the INEC, particularly  for preparing a solid platform for smooth conduct of the poll through prompt supply of election materials to the unit.

She appealed to INEC and the  security agencies to maintain their professional conducts  till the end of voting, so that the entire exercise can be a huge success. 

Mrs Afuye commended the mobilisation drive of the political parties during the electioneering window, saying this vividly reflected in the high turnout of voters at every unit across Ikere Ekiti.

“The exercise has been smooth and orderly and this is due largely to the high level of professionalism of the INEC as a superintending authority and the complementary roles being played by the security agencies.

“You could all see the large turnout of voters, this substantiated the fact that the security agencies are not harassing anyone and the political.parties have also done what they are supposed to do.

“The BVAS is working very fast and adding credibility to the integrity of our polls. Now , the outcome shall be acceptable to all parties.

“But now that the INEC and security agencies have been performing their duties creditably well, I charge the voters and party agents to be civil and peaceful in their approaches. 

“Let them vote peacefully and stay around to protect the sanctity of their ballots, because that is the only power they have to elect  their leaders.  

“I hope that all the stakeholders participating in this election will continue this way, so that the election can be successful for our nation to be progressive and peaceful “, she stated.


Large Turnout of Voters in Ekiti

By Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti

Scores of voters, on Saturday besieged the various polling Centre’s  in many Ekiti towns and villages to exercise their franchise.

Monitoring of the election process across the State, by  newsmen revealed that eligible voters began arriving for accreditation as early as 7:00a.m.

Many of the prospective voters said they came out to vote, notwithstanding the current economic hardship, coupled with scarcity of cash, so they can use their votes to show patriotism and new sense of direction.

However it was noted that some traders displayed their items in some of the markets.

It was also observed that some commercial motorcyclists and transporters wwre plying the roads, doing their normal business.

It was however confirmed that there was heavy presence of combined security personnel in virtually every place visited.

Aside Ado-Ekiti, the State capital where the huge turnout of voters is most visible, other big towns like Ikere-Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti, Efon Alaaye, Okemesi -Ekiti, Ifaki-Ekiti, Omuo-Ekiti and Emure-Ekiti, Ido Ekiti, Iworoko,  among many others, also witnessed peaceful and orderly conduct.

As early as 7am, residents of Ikogosi-Ekiti  ,the country home of Ekiti State Governor,  Mr Biodun Oyebanji, trooped out in their numbers to participate in the presidential election. 

While many trekked long distances following the restriction of vehicular movements, a few went to their polling units on private motor bikes.

At the different polling units visited, at both  Ikogosi-Ekiti , Ward 003, unit 6 and Ikere-Ekiti ,the country home of the Deputy governor,  Chief Mrs Afuye, voters were seen, checking their names on the displayed voter registers while others were already on queues.

INEC Ad hoc officials arrived on time, in readiness for the election with sensitive materials.  

Also, there was full presence of heavy security agencies such as the Nigeria  Police,  Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Immigration, traffic waden among others in many of the places visited.

Reports across the state showed that election materials and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), arrived the various polling Centres on time, not longer than 7:30a.m, while there was a slight delay in some others.

Security agents also arrived at many polling units before 7:30a.m, maintaining order, but not so adequate, in some places.

It was also confirmed that the election materials were available and the BiModal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) was also functioning properly.

The restriction order placed by the police, on both human and vehicular movements, was obeyed as most of the roads linking one town with the other, were virtually deserted, with the exception of those engaged in essential services.


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Ekiti Dep Gov, Chief Mrs Christiana Afuye


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Voting commences at Yaba, Igbobi, Lagos Mainland LG


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Election materials were still being distributed in Tiffi Guda Ward of Ningi local government area of Bauchi state


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INEC officials and voting materials are yet to arrive @ Post office polling unit St Murumba in Jos North.


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Voters accreditation, voting ongoing in Jikwoyi Phase, 2 FCT


Voters Raise Concern over Inability to Locate New Polling Units

Emameh Gabriel in Abuja

Voters in some of the units at Jikwoyi Phase 2, have raised concerned over their inability to locate their polling units due to the creation of new polling units by INEC to decongest exiting ones to make voting seamless.

Although INEC d last week urged all eligible voters to confirm their voting locations by sending sms to any of its dedicated lines ahead of election day, some of them who spoke with THISDAY said they had no knowledge of the information.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, has said this in a message to Nigerians a week ago.

He had advised voters to text their voting states, last name and the last six digits of their Voter Identification Number (VIN) to any of the lines– 09062830860,

09062830861, for example FCT Magaji 445322.

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Massive Turnout, Late Arrival of INEC Officials in FCT

Chuks Okocha in Abuja

Some parts of Abuja like Kubwa, Gwarimpa , Dutse and Dawaki witnessed massive turnout but there was late arrival of INEC officials.

As early as 9 am, voters in these areas were waiting patiently for INEC officials. 

At the Kubwa FO1 beside the Faith Academy, voters in orderly manner, were waiting for INEC officials.

Also at Dawaki by News Engineering Junctions, voters were waiting for INEC officials but there were no INEC officials as at 9.06am. The situation was not different at the LEA Primary school in Kubwa village and the Kukuwaba area.

The voter turnout was massive, but late arrival of INEC officials and wrong identifications of polling centres were recorded.


Voting Commences at Obi’s Polling Unit

David-Chyddy Eleke

Voting has commenced at the polling unit of the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi.

Though the candidate had earlier visited the unit to supervise the arrival of voting materials, he is yet to cast his vote.

Some aides of the candidate told journalists that he will be voting soon.

Obi is expected to cast his vote in Amatutu village, Agulu ward two, polling unit 019.

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APC, PDP in Verbal War over Arrest of 15 Agents in Katsina 

Francis Sardauna in Katsina 

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday engaged in a verbal war over the arrest of 15 party agents by police operatives for allegedly planning to hack the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) servers to rig election results.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Gambo Isah, who announced the arrest of the 15 suspected party agents while briefing journalists Friday night, said they were nabbed with 20 laptop computers.

While the APC said the suspects were PDP members who were planning to intercept the transmission of election results through electronic gadgets, the PDP described APC as a dying party due to its maladministration, bad governance and zero performance in eight years.

The Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Tinubu/Shettima Campaign Council, Hannatu Musa-Musawa, in a statement, accused the PDP of securing a building belonging to one Abdulrazeez Mamman for the purpose of deploying electronic gadgets and computers suspected to be used for the purpose of intercepting the transmission of election results from polling stations to INEC.

The party explained that no fewer than 12 PDP members were arrested by police operatives in connection with the incident with “approximately 21 computers found in their possession”.

It said: “While we appreciate the swift and prompt intervention of the Nigerian Police Force, however, we wish to call for an in-depth and thorough investigation with a view to ensuring that all culprits, if any, are made to face the full wrath of the law. 

“At this juncture, the All Progressives Congress wishes to reiterate its commitment to ensuring a free, fair and credible election in an atmosphere devoid of electoral malpractice. Furthermore, our party shall continue to monitor the investigative activities of the Nigerian Police Force with regards to the said incident”.

But in a swift reaction, the opposition PDP in the state described the “unwarranted and unprovoked” Police attack on its Computer Room as callous, wicked and barbaric.

The party, in a statement issued to journalists by the Director, Media and Press of the Atiku/Lado Campaign Council, Kabir Yusuf Yar’Adua, accused the Police of carting away its computers and accessories in which vital and highly classified information as well as documents were being stored in the last six months to date.

It vowed to institute a legal action against the Police for violating its rights to privacy and trespassing its territory without any valid court order or warrant of search without committing any offence to warrant such undemocratic act.

The statement reads: “In this 21st Century, the Police action should be viewed by all right thinking individuals as evil, mischief and inhuman which seeks to retard our progress and development.

“PDP in Katsina will therefore hold the police responsible in the event any of its computers, accessories or stored documents got lost, destroyed, removed or damaged.

“In addition, what stops the police from meting out such bad action to other political parties in Katsina? Why then singling out PDP? Or is it because of its popularity and or becoming a threat to the fast dying APC due to its maladministration, bad governance & sheer below zero performance in its almost eight years in office?”.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Gambo Isah, on Friday night announced the arrest of 15 party agents over suspicion of plans to interfere with the results of the 2023 general elections.

He said the suspects were nabbed in Katsina metropolitan area with unspecified numbers of computer laptops and applications alleged to belong to a popular political party.

Isah, a superintendent of police, said the men were being detained at the command’s Criminal Investigation Department, adding that investigation was already on going into the matter.

“We arrested 15 suspects with unspecified numbers of laptops and apps belonging to a political party. We have commenced investigation and we don’t want to jump the gun.We have already invited experts to conduct investigation on the items as we don’t want to jump the gun. We shall make public the outcome of the investigation”, he said.


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Large turnout of voters at Jikwoyi Phase 2, FCT

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Traders at Okesha market, in Ado Ekiti


Election Materials Arrive Phalga Ward in Rivers

As at 8am electorate have arrived Phalga ward 11, 12 and 13 but the election materials and adhoc staff got to the venue at about 8: 50am in four buses, led by the presiding officers.

The venue popularly known as Rumuwoji Community hall premises, was peaceful as at the time of this report. 

Security presence was also noticed as operatives of police, NSCDC, Prisons, FRSC officials were seen.

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Election Materials arrived Unit 017, Jikwoyi phase 3

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Polling Units at Jikwoyi Axis of FCT Yet to Receive Sensitive Materials

Emameh Gabriel in Abuja 

Polling units in Jikwoyi axis of the FCT are agitated over delay in the arrival of election materials in the various polling units as at 8:30am.

When THISDAY visited some of the polling units in Jikwoyi, Phase 2 field, a major voting point in the highly populated satellite town in the FCT, voters were seen waiting for the arrival of INEC officials.

Heavy security has been beefed up in the area and party agents were also seen all around holding on.

Some voters who spoke with THISDAY said they had expected voting to commence before 9am but they were not sure if that would be possible as materials for the election were yet to arrive.

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EFCC sighted at Ward 10, Unit 7, Okesa, Ado-Ekiti

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Deployment of election materials is on going by INEC officials in Badagry, Lagos


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Electoral officers getting set for election at ward 9, unit 11, Ishato Ado Ekiti

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Voters were seen checking their names on the voters list at ward 9, unit 11, Ishato Ado Ekiti

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People trooped out to vote at Ishato in Ado Ekiti


Dispatch of Electoral Materials: Heavy Security at FCT INEC Office

Security has been beefed up at the Municipal office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Karu, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in preparation for Saturday’s elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 11 military vehicles on patrol made a stop over at the office, which caused some minutes of gridlock, prompting motorists to divert to other routes.

Also, several Police officers were seen patrolling the vicinity, while some men of the Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) were equally seen in and around the vicinity.

Meanwhile, the office was a beehive of activities as materials were being sorted and dispatched to Wuse, Gwarimpa and other wards under the municipal.

Several vehicles were seen as late as 8: 30 p.m Friday carrying materials from the office to the various voting points.

NAN reports that expectations were high among business operators and residents as many were seen discussing about the likely outcome of the election.

Some of the residents interviewed by NAN expressed their readiness to vote for their preferred candidates on the election day.

A business woman, Amanda, said in spite of her busy schedule, she made out time to collect her Permanent Voter Card (PVC).

According to her, she has decided to carryout her civic responsibility to choose leaders that would take the country to the “promised land”.

An elderly man, who gave his name as Yakubu, said the 2023 election would be a deciding moment for the country.

He said he would go out very early on Saturday to cast his vote.

He further said all his family members of voting age also had their PVCs and would be going out to vote.

NAN reports that Feb. 25 has been scheduled by INEC for Presidential and National Assembly elections while March 11 is scheduled for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.(NAN)


*Atiku, Tinubu, Obi, Kwankwaso Clash in Historic Poll

Our correspondents

On the 24th anniversary of the election that returned Nigeria to Democracy in 1999, Nigerians will today file out to elect a President that will run the country for another four years, effective May 29.
All the 18 registered political parties are fielding candidates for the presidential election, but the four leading candidates are Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
These four men have divided the country across all lines in an election that promises to be keenly contested.
Their campaigns across the 36 states and Abuja have been rancorous, with the candidates feeding fat on tribal, ethnic and religious sentiments.
Candidates of these four political parties also dominate the race for the seats in the National Assembly across the states, also holding today. 109 Senate seats and 360 House of Representatives seats are up for grabs.
It is in the midst of this bitter division that the over 87 million people with Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) will troop out today to determine the fates of Atiku, Tinubu, Obi and Kwankwaso.
As at press time, INEC had distributed sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to all the states of the federation.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, assured Nigerians that the commission would not fail the nation and the international community.
He promised that today’s elections will be free, fair, credible and lead to the outcomes that all Nigerians expect.
Yakubu said yesterday that the results will be declared as quickly as possible.
He said: “I just want to say that we will ensure that result declaration will be done speedily. I can’t put a finger on the number of days or number of hours it will take, but it will be done speedily. We are aware of the anxiety and the need for us to conclude the process quickly, it will be concluded quickly.”

Police Assure Nigerians on Security

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has urged Nigerians to go out and vote without any fear today, assuring that they will be well protected.
The IG has mobilised 310, 973 officers and men to provide security for today’s election. Other security outfits, aside the military and the Department of State Service (DSS), would complement efforts of the police with a total of 93,133 personnel, bringing all to 404,106 security agents.
Baba said: “With this layout, a minimum of at least two personnel, drawn from the above agencies, will be jointly deployed to man each of the polling units across the country, while the armed personnel will secure the public space, INEC facilities, vulnerable locations, border areas, as well as undertake armed escort duties for INEC personnel, materials and local and international observers.”
The IG has also ordered restriction of all forms of movement nationwide beginning from 12 AM to 6 PM on election day.
The restriction covers vehicular movement on roads, waterways, and other forms of transportation, with the exception of those on essential services such as INEC officials, electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, etc.
A statement from the Nigerian Police Force reads: “The order, which is part of measures emplaced to ensure a safe, secure, and conducive environment for the conduct of elections, is aimed at ensuring public order management, the safety of electorates, as well as assisting the security agencies in effective policing, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from disrupting the electoral process.
“Similarly, the IGP sternly warns all security aides and escorts to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election as anyone found flouting this directive will be severely sanctioned.
“He emphasises that only security personnel specifically assigned to election duties are to be seen within and around the designated election booths and centres. Also, the ban on the unauthorised use of sirens, revolving lights, covered number plates, and tinted glasses is still in force, and violators would be sanctioned appropriately.”
All state-established and owned security outfits/organisations, quasi-security units, and privately-owned guard and security outfits have also been barred by the IGP from participating in election’s security management.
Similarly, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has said that the Corps will deploy 102,000 officials for today’s election.
While assuring Nigerians of general security coverage nationwide, Audi stated that the Anti-vandalism Squad and Special Forces would also be deployed to all critical national assets and infrastructure, including flashpoints in the states and the FCT, to protect them against vandalism, damage, or arson by criminal elements before, during, and after the elections.

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku is carrying all sections of the country along and pledging inclusiveness.
He demonstrated this by picking his Vice-Presidential candidate from the South. He has also promised power devolution if elected President.
Atiku wants to recover Nigeria from “poverty, disease, hunger and bad government.”
He also wants to restore Nigeria’s unity, which he believes has been badly mismanaged by the Buhari-led APC federal government.
Being a businessman with hundreds of employees and therefore more amenable to job creation in the face of mass unemployment, Atiku appears attractive.
With the level of poverty, unemployment and Naira crunch in the country, most voters even in the stronghold of APC, are most likely going to resolve their doubts in favour of Atiku by way of seeking alternatives to the present reality, especially with the millions of jobs lost to shady handling of the economy.
The unending killings in the country under an APC-led federal government may further make voters want to try alternatives.
In his closing campaign, Atiku declared: “You have the APC, whose candidate for President is the national leader of the party; a party that has, for almost eight years now, brought to our country a period of unspeakable misery, economic decline, mass poverty, massive insecurity, monumental job losses, fractionalisation, disunity, and injustice.  A party under whose watch, our country has witnessed a frightening descent into anarchy, multidimensional crises, economic meltdown.
“It was under the APC that our country returned to pauper-nation status with over N77 trillion in debt, and under whose watch, over 22 million of our children are now out of school!
“Then you have my party, the PDP.  The PDP midwife the longest period of sustained economic growth in our country, instituted fundamental reforms and new innovations, leading to an explosion in opportunity for our citizens in the telecoms, fintech, financial services and other cutting-edge technology space.  It was the PDP that rebuilt Nigeria’s economy and turned it into the largest economy in Africa.
“The APC is asking you to vote for them to renew this misery and destruction; to renew the violence, the wanton destruction, the killings and kidnappings; and to renew the harsh and brutal conditions that so many people in our country now live with, on a daily basis.
“In contrast, the PDP, led by me, is asking for your vote to elect a government that will work to Recover Nigeria from the misery, insecurity and economic decline of the last eight years and bring into office a government that works for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, tongue or religion, based on our founding principles of Unity, Justice and Progress.”

Bola Tinubu

Tinubu’s campaign is anchored on “consolidating Buhari’s achievements.”
He said the Buhari administration had done a lot in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture and poverty alleviation and he is aiming to build on these achievements.
Tinubu said: “There are also some sectors where we must adopt new approaches and stress new priorities. Our administration will work to ensure not just a farewell to poverty but also usher in an era of prosperity in our country. To achieve this, we will re-engineer our security architecture to enhance the capacity of our armed forces and security agencies to guarantee the safety of the lives and properties of our people.
“We will task our ingenuity to drastically enhance the country’s revenue generating capacity so that we can adequately fund and fundamentally improve the quality of social services in education, healthcare and housing, among others. We are determined to ensure that incessant strikes by unions in our public universities become a thing of the past.
“Ensuring adequate and uninterrupted electricity will be one of our cardinal priorities. This will help boost the performance of the industrial sector and create jobs on a massive scale for our teeming youths. We shall put in place a robust and virile credit system so that more people can acquire the basics of life such as housing, cars and household equipment and pay gradually. That will have the immediate effect of reducing the motivation to resort to corrupt means of wealth accumulation.”

Peter Obi

In his campaign, Peter Obi showed capacity, experience and huge understanding of the issues that are wrong with Nigeria, stressing the need for good and incorruptible government as a panacea.
Obi is aiming at building a new Nigeria and promoting a private-sector driven economy that will create jobs and wealth for the people.
Obi, in his last appeal to Nigerians, said: “We are currently at a crossroads. We need a leader to show us the way forward. We need a prudent president, a principled president who has what it takes to lead. As we say in Naija, ‘we need person who sabi road; a person we go follow make this country better.’ A new Nigeria is possible. We can make it.
“We want to move our economy from importing and consuming products to producing, consuming less, and exporting more. That is the essence of Consumption to Production.
“I ask you, my people, to empower me as your president and commander-in-chief. I will be in charge. I have the requirements for correct leadership: character, competence, commitment, compassion, hard work, honesty, humanity, and humility.
“I have the courage and the heart with which to deliver the dividends of democracy freely and fairly to our people. We can change this country. If it takes us making the supreme sacrifice, let us make it for a greater tomorrow.”

Rabiu Kwankwaso

Kwankwaso also promises a new Nigeria, “where equity, justice and fairness are possible. A new Nigeria where safety and security are guaranteed, a Nigeria where peace and prosperity are ensured.
“A Nigeria where equity and opportunities are available and accessible to all citizens, a Nigeria where quality education and modern healthcare services are accessible and guaranteed to all and a Nigeria where governance is about the yearnings and the aspirations of all the citizens.”

THISDAY Projections

Obi leads in most of South East and South South states with a strong showing in Lagos, Benue and a possible win in Plateau State.
Tinubu on his part, leads in the South-west, Borno and Yobe States, with a strong showing in the North-west.
Atiku has a strong showing in most of the North, while leading in Adamawa, Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Taraba States, with a very strong showing in Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Nasarawa and Osun States.
Kwankwaso is leading in Kano with a strong showing in Jigawa, Katsina and Taraba States.Strengths WeaknessesAtiku Abubakar

*Experience, capacity, competence
*Broad national support
*Political pedigree with wide exposure
*Extensive contacts nationwide
*Courageous and a team player

*A Northerner disrupting power rotation that may see Fulani to Fulani power transfer
*Crony capitalist/deal maker
*Seen as too old
*Part of the infamous old order

Bola Tinubu

*Huge war chest
*Rich political experience
*Nationwide contacts, friends
*Dogged fighter
*Seen as a team player

*Perceived as corrupt
*Could be a dictator if elected
*Health and age issues
*Perceived as vengeful
*Doubtful mental alertness

Peter Obi

*Vibrant, focused, determined
*Seen as an alternative to old order
*Strong youth support base
*Robust on policy
*Urbane, humble
*Decent, no corruption baggage

*From zone with low voting power
*Limited war chest
*Weak in Northwest/Northeast
*Feeble political platform

Rabiu Kwankwaso

*Vibrant, Suave
*Focused, determined
*Strong on policy
*Strong political background

*Not a team player
*Limited war chest
*Weak southern support base
*Frail political platform
*Perceived as stubborn

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