#NigeriaDecides: Buhari ‘flogs’ Atiku in Obasanjo’s polling unit

by Garry Watts February 24, 2019, 0:23
#NigeriaDecides: Buhari ‘flogs’ Atiku in Obasanjo’s polling unit

Nigerian voters wait for the scheduled opening of the polling stations in Kaduna, Nigeria, Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

The attack forced residents to flee into the city.

Buhari, a former military ruler who was later elected president, is seeking a second term in charge of Africa's most populous nation and top crude producer.

Recall that Buhari overwhelmingly won his polling unit in Daura, Katsina State. Delays were reported in Delta, Anambra and Akwa Ibom states as well as in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.

"I think everybody has to be concerned about the security.it is something that worries people", said James Jatto, a pastor in Maiduguri.

Military spokesman Colonel Musa Sagir confirmed the attack on Geidam, the hometown of Yobe's governor, saying it happened at 6:30 am [local time]. We have seen a lot of Nigerian people being happy to be here and to vote and this is really important.

Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group, is active in northern Nigeria.

Polls closed in many areas, although voting continued in units that opened late.

Festus Okoye, the national commissioner for information and voter education at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says a vote will be considered void if the ballot paper is put in the wrong box.

In an emergency meeting on Monday, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari was widely criticised for saying that anyone who interfered in elections "will do it at the expense of his own life".

Millions of Nigerians turned out in various polling units across the country to cast their votes in the presidential and National Assembly elections.

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"I look forward to a successful transition", he said.

Domestic and global observers to the Nigerian presidential elections were present at polling stations in Yola and Abuja.

Only a few people are in line at one polling station in Maiduguri in the northeast as local media urge voters to the polls after gunfire was heard earlier in the morning. Still, voting turnout appeared to be light as authorities tried to calm panicked, skeptical residents. Before casting their ballot, registered voters must check to see if their serial number is listed on the wall at the polling station.

He voted in his hometown of Daura, in northwest Nigeria.

Despite the delays and concerns that heavy security may intimidate potential voters, Buhari described the voting process as "smooth".

Voting began from 0700 GMT for the presidential and parliamentary elections across the country.

Buhari has again vowed to be tough on insecurity and corruption, and wants to complete much-needed road and rail infrastructure projects, as well as social mobility schemes. Abubakar points to his business success in making sweeping pledges to turn the economy around but is dogged by corruption allegations.

Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu said police would ensure security at the polls.

Many Nigerians said the election will be decided by economic issues after a rough term for Buhari that saw a rare, months-long recession.

Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the European Union said on Monday, February 18, that none of its Election Observation Missions in Nigeria had left the country in spite of the postponement of the elections.

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the elections held in many parts of the country.

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