Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has expressed satisfaction with the massive turnout of voters in Kwara State for the presidential and National Assembly election in the state. Saraki spoke to newsmen shortly after he cast his vote at Ode Opobiyi Polling Unit (005/006), in Ajikobi ward of Ilorin West Local Government area. Accompanied by his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, mother, Mrs Florence Saraki and eldest son, Seni, the Senate president cast his vote at 10.20am. He enjoined the electorate to remain patient to enable them to cast their vote within the stipulated time frame. The Senate President, however, decried the late arrival of voting materials at some polling units within the Ilorin metropolis.
February 23, 2019 13:41 UTC
A 95-year-old woman, Madam Elizabeth Adedoyin, exercised her civic duty voting at Ward 033 polling unit, on Ope-Ewe Street, Jankara, Ijaiye-Ojokoro area of Lagos, at exactly 11. She was accompanied to the polling unit, a distance of about 200 metres from her home by her son’s wife, Mrs Olufemi Adeyeye, a retired school principal in Lagos State, who also cast her vote at the same place. The nonagenarian told our correspondent who monitored the election that even though she is a stark illiterate, she must exercise her voting right at every general election in the country. She said she had never in her life missed any vote since she reached the age of voting more than 70 years ago. She, however, said Nigeria ought to have been better than the present both socio-economically and politically if the successive leaders have the political will and interest of the masses at heart.
February 23, 2019 13:18 UTC
Eric DumoA former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Monwon Etete, has been shot dead. He was killed by yet to be identified gunmen in his hometown of Andoni on Saturday afternoon while voters were waiting for the commencement of elections. The murder of Etete, who is now a member of the All Progressives Congress, has sent panic across the entire community. Details shortly…DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 13:06 UTC
Osinbajo, who arrived at the unit at 10:28 a.m, voted at 10:53 a.m. while Durotoye voted at 12: 11 p.m.Mr Adetokunbo Ladega, Chairman, VGC, Property Owners and Residents Association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was excited having two key players in the presidential contest living in the community. According to him, it is a rare feat which makes him feel VGC is the right place to live in. He said that VGC was a very large community which had two main polling units. “We are a very large community, with a little over 5000 registered voters. “So, we know from previous experience that there is always a need to put in place effective crowd management,” he saidNAN reports that the conduct has been peaceful and hitch-free as residents, who massively turned out, sat calmly while the exercise went on.
February 23, 2019 12:56 UTC
At least four persons, including two chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, have being shot dead in separate incidents by suspected thugs in Asarama, Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State. APC spokesperson in the state, Chris Finebone, said the thugs shot, Mowan Etete, a former council chairman, his elder brother and another victim that is believed to be his cousin. The fourth victim, simply identified as Ignatius, “an official member of APC Rivers State Executive committee was also shot to death in Ajakaja, same Andoni LGA of Prince Secondus,” Finebone said. “It’s instructive to note that PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus is from Andoni LGA in Rivers State,” Finebone added. Details later.
February 23, 2019 12:56 UTC
Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and his two wives were among hundreds of Bauchi voters who voted at their polling unit in Jahun Ward, Garun Galadima polling unit in the Bauchi metropolis in the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday. The trio arrived at the polling unit at exactly 11.25am followed by party supporters and they were immediately accredited without hitches with the governor’s first wife, Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, the first to cast her ballot, followed the second wife, Barrister Aisha Abubakar, after which their husband, the governor voted. The governor walked straight into the polling unit and collected his ballot papers, after which he ticked the candidates of his choice and cast his vote at exactly 11.30am. Shortly after casting his vote, Governor Abubakar, while fielding questions from newsmen, commended the electoral process in the state, saying that Nigerians have answered the call for coming out to vote and elect the leaders of their choice. Abubakar said, “The electoral process is fast enough to take care of every voter who has come out to vote.
February 23, 2019 12:33 UTC
The passenger said the development would disenfranchise eligible voters who intended to arrive early into the country on Saturday to exercise their civic right. Mr Issa Shittu, who just arrived from the UAE, said he knew there was an election but felt that the country should not be shut down. “I know there is an election but in developed countries, people cast their votes but people are allowed to go about their daily chores. In fact, with the use of electronic voting, we can cast our votes and still be able to go about our usual activities. “There should have been arrangements for travellers like us to freely move in and cast our votes, instead of leaving us here stranded,’’ he said.
February 23, 2019 12:33 UTC
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fashola, alongside his wife Abimbola, cast his vote at Polling Unit 002 State Junior Grammar School, Eric Moore with Reg. Fashola, who spoke with newsmen after casting his vote said: “ In my polling station, the turnout is quite encouraging and the electoral process has worked in this polling station. “There are several other polling units to consider before I would give the election process a pass mark but as for my polling unit, they did well. “We need to understand that elections are a challenge in whatever part of the world they are held. “Even sometimes your phone network has difficulties so this is us as human beings evolving and dealing with challenges.
February 23, 2019 12:11 UTC
Voters in Kwami and Funakaye Local Government Areas of Gombe State say they are satisfied with the voting process in their constituency. They said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Tongo, Funakye Local Government and Malam Sidi in Kwami Local Government Area of the state. Alhaji Yaya Bauchi, member representing Gombe/Kwami/Funakaye Federal Constituency said he was happy with the turnout of voters and the orderly process of events. “I am satisfied with the process and I commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a good job,” she said. NAN correspondent who visited Kwami and Funakaye Local Government Areas observed that the police at voting points were neither armed nor interfering with the voting process in all wards visited.
February 23, 2019 12:11 UTC
…says every vote counts‘Femi Asu and Maureen Ihua-MaduenyiThe Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has described free and fair elections as a massive move for democracy. Osinbajo stated this after voting at his polling unit, Polling Unit 033, VGC, Lekki, at around 10:50 a.m., a few minutes after he arrived in the company of his wife, Oludolapo. He said, “I am very pleased that we were able to cast our votes, and that everyone has freedom to do so in this polling unit. The vote of the Vice President is not any more important than the vote of the security man who watches over us here, and that is the beauty of democracy. “I think that every time we have a chance to vote, every time we get a chance to choose our leaders in a free and fair election, it is a massive move for democracy.
February 23, 2019 12:04 UTC
Chidiebube Okeoma, OwerriThe governorship candidate of Action Alliance in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has raised the alarm of incidents of ballot paper snatching and scarcity of ballot papers in some Local Government Areas of the state. Nwosu, who spoke to journalists after casting his vote at his Eziama Obiera in Nkwerre Local Government Area, said said that he was impressed with massive turnout of voters. He said that apart from the few challenges, the electoral umpire had done well, especially the way smart card readers were functioning. Nwosu, who expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari will be reelected, said that Nigerians were impressed with the process. DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 11:46 UTC
In a statement on Saturday, Col. Timothy Antigha, the Chief of Military Public Information of the MNJTF, said the attack took place at around Dorou, west of Damasak, along the Kamadougou River. Antigha said the attack occur as the terrorists emerged from the hide out. Antigha said vehicle abandoned by the terrorists had been recovered by troops. “As at the time of issuing this press release, MNJTF troops were in pursuit of fleeing terrorists,” he said. He said the MNJTF was determined to sustain the pressure until the terrorists were routed out of their remaining hide outs.
February 23, 2019 11:46 UTC
The deputy senate president said this on Saturday in Enugu shortly after casting his vote in Mpu Ward III, Aninri Local Government Area of the state. He said that while voting had commenced in some polling units of Enugu West Senatorial Zone, few places had yet to start. Also speaking, former Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime commended INEC for smooth conduct of Presidential/National Assembly elections. The former governor expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of voters which he described as `very impressive’. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election in the ward witnessed massive turnout of voters including aged people who were assisted by their children to thumb print.
Sirleaf, who arrived the polling centre at about 8.55 a.m waited patiently until the first female voter, Mrs Comfort Akale, cast the first ballot of the polling unit at about 9.50 a.m. The head of the ECOWAS election observer mission depart the polling unit at 10.05 a.m without a word to newsmen. NAN also reports that the polling centre was crowded due to the large turnout of eligible voters. “I transferred my voter registration point from Wuse II to Durumi II in 2018, only to find out that my name is not captured in Durumi voters register. NAN also reports that the card reader machines are working perfectly at the Durumi polling unit as at 9.50 a.m.
A video making the rounds on social media showed bullion vans allegedly stuffed with either money or electoral materials, emerging from an apartment said to be Tinubu’s residence in Ikoyi. Addressing reporters, Tinubu said: “Bullion vans, are those ballot papers? He also expressed readiness to accept the outcome of the general elections, even if the electorate vote out his party. Any democrat that cannot accept the results of a free and fair election is not worthy of the name – a democrat. You must be able to accept the result of a free and fair elections,” Tinubu said.