Adekunle Peter, BeninThe rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections began on a positive note in Benin, Edo State, on Saturday. Oredo Ward 12, with 30 units, located inside Agbado Primary School, was already a beehive of activities at about 7:45 am. Electorate were already being accredited at Emokpae Primary School, venue of Oredo ward 4, as at 8.30 am. Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Alex-Hart, said he would call the electoral officer in charge to know why. But, I’m going to call the Electoral Officer to find out why.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 08:37 UTC
Gbenga OdogunKogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has expressed dissatisfaction with the Independent National Electoral Commission following the malfunctioning of the card reader at Agasa polling unit 11 where the Governor and his wife were registered to vote. “You are all witnessing the inefficiency of INEC, I pray this is an isolated case,” he said. The Governor who arrived the polling unit just a few minutes after 8 in the morning is still waiting to be accredited as the card reader did not function. The polling officer on duty put a call across to the INEC office and was promised a replacement. At this point, the governor was forced to retreat into his car to wait for the promised replacement.
February 23, 2019 08:36 UTC
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has cast his vote. Atiku cast his vote at his polling unit of Ajiya in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State. His wife, Titi accompanied him to the polling unit, where she also cast her vote. Details later. DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 08:15 UTC
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaThousands of Nigerians on Twitter have been posting pictures, lamenting the non-arrival of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The topic #NoINEC, has received thousands of tweets within minutes. They lamented that as of 8.30am, most of the INEC officials had failed to arrive. Voters hanging around. Oladapo Olowo, in Lagos, wrote, “NoINEC staff at Cobham junction polling unit in Ajao Estate off Airport Road, Lagos.”According to INEC, accreditation which takes place simultaneously with voting, ought to begin by 8am while 2pm is the deadline for the arrival of the last voter.
February 23, 2019 08:01 UTC
Nigeria’s incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, has said he will be the winner of the presidential elections after he cast his vote at his polling unit. The president and his wife, Aisha Buhari, voted at the Sarkin Yara Ward A, Kofa Baru polling unit (03), Gidan Niyam in Daura local government area of Katsina State. Buhari said he was hopeful over the outcome of the exercise. He and his wife were the first and second people to vote at the polling unit. 898 voters were registered at the president’s polling unit while the ward of the president has 9,242 registered voters.
February 23, 2019 07:56 UTC
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that people were seen at the various polling units in Gombe Local Government Area as early as possible patiently waiting for the commencement of the exercise. At Malam /Kuri ward unit 011 Pantami, accreditation and voting did not commence at 8a.m. in Bomala / Sarankiyo ward of Garko unit of Akko Local Government Area, there was no presence of electoral officers while voters were stranded. Some of the voters who spoke to NAN said they would wait patiently to cast their votes. Also speaking, Malama Rakiya Mohammed said they came out early to cast their votes but were still waiting for the INEC officials to arrive.
February 23, 2019 07:52 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the first in the queue when the nearly 120,000 polling stations began opening at 0700 GMT. He voted in his hometown of Daura, in northwest Nigeria. Buhari, 76, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party was accompanied by his wife, Aisha, and surrounded by a crowd of supporters. As he emerged from the polling booth, he was asked whether he was confident of winning. Abubakar was due to vote in his home state of Adamawa, in northeast Nigeria.
February 23, 2019 07:52 UTC
The wife, Aisha, voted before the president at 8.06 a.m., while the president voted at 8.10 a.m, and 897 eligible voters casted their votes at the Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the list of the eligible voters including that of the president and his wife was displayed at the polling unit by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), numbered 187 and 182 respectively on the list. The presiding officer of the polling unit, Aliyu Abdullahi, was said to have arrived the voting unit as early as 7.08a.m, NAN reports. President Buhari and his wife had on Friday arrived in Daura, his hometown. After voting, the president expressed satisfaction with the state of affairs and said he was optismistic of winning.
February 23, 2019 07:41 UTC
Olalekan Adetayo, AbujaProspective voters at Unit 012 in Karu, Abuja have resorted to writing their names on a long “register” made from a carton. They adopted the strategy after waiting endlessly for electoral officers that will attend to them. Some NYSC members who earlier arrived the unit located close CBN Junction, Karu, were driven away in a white bus at around 8.02 a.m.Security men, as well as local observers, are however on the ground, monitoring those on the long queue. DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 07:30 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, voted in Daura, Katsina State in the Presidential and National Assembly elections. The wife, Aisha, voted before the president at 8.06 a.m., while the president voted at 8.10 a.m. at the Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura. READ ALSO: 2019 Presidential ElectionAfter voting, the president expressed satisfaction with the state of affairs and said he was optimistic of winning. (NAN)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 23, 2019 07:25 UTC
John Alechenu, KanoProspective voters in Kano State started arriving polling units as early as 6:30 a.m. in centres within Kano metropolis on Saturday. A voter at the Kwakwachi primary school polling centre, who gave his name as Moses Ubah said he and his friends most of whom were voting for the first time were determined to make a difference. He said, “Most of us will be voting for the first time today. As you can see we are here, we’ve been here since 6:30 a.m. and it’s almost 8:00 am, only police and party agents are here.”READ ALSO: Explosions rock MaiduguriThe situation was different in Gwagwarwa Primary School where prospective voters and election officers were waiting for voting to start. Electoral Officers could be seen sorting materials and coupling plastic voting tables in preparation for the exercise.
February 23, 2019 07:07 UTC
Just two hours to the commencement of the presidential and National Assembly elections, several bomb explosions have been heard from different locations Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. While the specific locations could not be established as of the time of writing this report, sources told Tribune Online that this has established palpable fear in the minds of those who wish to go out to vote. Additionally, sources from 1,000 housing estate close to Jimtilo said the explosions sounded like artillery fire coming from foot soldiers testing their weapons while others told Tribune Online that there were between five and ten blasts. Others who spoke on phone said it was the military testing their fire power and readiness for the special event. Meanwhile a surveillance helicopter has been going about the different surbubs of of the city.
February 23, 2019 06:46 UTC
The ECOWAS Election Observer Mission has commended Nigerians for their patience and calm, following the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Feb. 16. “We have watched the progress of INEC over the past week working together with domestic and international partners in addressing their logistical and technical challenges. “We are pleased that these operational constraints have been significantly addressed, this resting a conducive atmosphere for tomorrow’s general elections. She expressed confidence that the same level of maturity would be demonstrated during the remaining phase of the electoral process. Furthermore, she commended the security forces in maintaining the peace and protection of the electorate, local and international observers.
February 23, 2019 06:45 UTC
Multi-talented Nigerian born, UK-based Afro Pop Singer, Oluyole Oluwaseun, fondly called Sean Dampte, has also lent his voice, urging the electorate to also come out enmasse to decide the next set of leaderships in the Governorship and States House of Assembly. Dampte, who spoke to our correspondent from the United Kingdom, noted that though some of them who are Nigerians but based abroad couldn’t have the opportunity to come home and vote, have keenly followed the process leading to the poll and didn’t stop reacting to ensure the people voted for the rights candidates. “Even if we need to come home and vote which may not be convenient for most of us, we still have our eyes on the poll because we can’t look away while our country dries off. Most of us have come back home to contribute their own quota to the progress of the country and we will continue to do more.”While urging the Nigerian government to create a viable platform for Nigerians in diaspora to be able to vote, as they are also interested in the affairs of their fatherland, noted that voters should not relent yet until the forthcoming Governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections have passed. “It is not only the presidential and National Assembly elections that will determine whether we will come out of our present condition but the states elections are also important because those are the levels of government closer to the people,” he said.
February 23, 2019 06:33 UTC
Matawalle, while presenting the vehicle to the union on Friday in Gusau, commended the nwsmen for remaiming neutral in the coverage of political activities in the state. Matawalle assured the newsmen of his continued support toward making them more effective in the discharge of their duties. Responding, Chairman of the Correspondents chapel, Mr Umar Maradun, thanked the candidate for the kind gesture and wished him success in his electoral pursuit. He assured him that members of the correspondents chapel would remain professional in all their reportage. He also said that journalists in the state ware always ready to ontribute to the development of the state.
February 23, 2019 06:33 UTC