Latest results for the 2019 Presidential election below:
|Polling Unit/ Ward||State||APC||PDP|
|Okoriko ward, Kogi LG||KOGI||242||283|
|PU007, Ward 5, Iragbiji, Boripe LGA, Osun Central||OSUN||69||52|
|PU 0057 , ward 05, Epe local government, lagos east||LAGOS||53||58|
|PU 003 moore ward 1 ife east LG Osun East||OSUN||98||100|
|PU 005; Ojokun Ward||KWARA||81||57|
|PU 004a; Ojokun Ward||KWARA||54||44|
|PU 06, Ijomu Oro, Irepodun Lg, Kwara south||KWARA||103||75|
|Ogbadibo Udaburu polling unit||BENUE||48||97|
|Odobe polling unit||BENUE||27||57|
|ANINGE 1 PU, MBADWEM COUNCIL WARD, GUMA LGA||BENUE||2||179|
|Unilorin main campusPu2 Akanbi 4 Ilorin south||KWARA||18||4|
|PU 006, Ward 003, Ibadan Southwest LGA||OYO||54||80|
|Ward 06, Unit 06, Ibadan South West||OYO||12||37|
|Alasa ward 5 PU 10 ogbomosho North LGA||OYO||37||81|
|Obiagu Road primary school 015,Ogui New layout LGA||ENUGU||3||64|
|Polling Unit: 009 Ward: 13 – Okitipupa 2||ONDO||66||90|
|Ward 03, Unit 06, Ibadan North West||OYO||38||80|
|PU 005 madaki, Awe south nasarawa state||NASARAWA||32||143|
|Lafiya 029, Sokoto South LGA, Sokoto North||SOKOTO||27||46|
|State lowcost polling unit 0016 lokuwa ward mubi north||ADAMAWA||78||156|
|PU009, Ward 10. Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti||EKITI||94||63|
|PU 5, VP A, BAPTIST PRY SCH. AIPATE1 IWO LGA OSUN WEST SEN DIS||OSUN||59||82|
|PU: 003 Ward: 02 LGA: Ido II/ Ido Osi S/D: Ekiti North||EKITI||129||108|
|PU 08, Ijomu Oro, Irepodun Lg, Kwara south||KWARA||98||40|
|Senatorial district….kano south||KANO||103||31|
|PU 021A, Wadata Ward, Makurdi, Benue State||BENUE||59||58|
|GRA polling unit 015 lokuwa ward mubi north lga||ADAMAWA||65||219|
|Okpujie Pry School I PU 002, Uromi, Esan North East LGA||EDO||31||159|
|Senatorial district….kano Central||KANO||204||31|
|Unit 14, Ward 10, Sagbama LGA, Bayelsa state.||BAYELSA||145||19|
|Polling Unit name:K/Musa Baka||BAUCHI||246||47|
|Eziaja P/S Neni, ward15, PU5, Anaocha LGA, Anambra central SD,||ANAMBRA||12||179|
|LGA: Yola North||ADAMAWA||186||167|
|PU13, Ward 4, Fagbesa, Osogbo, Osun Central||OSUN||128||173|
|Lagos central, eti-osa local government area, Ward 1,PU 026 Bonny camp.||LAGOS||74||74|
|Oyo North, Iwajowa LG, Ward 01, Agbaakin 1, PU 008||OYO||55||80|
|Senatorial District Kano central||KANO||145||14|
|eti-osa lga, Ward 1, Bonny camp v||LAGOS||34||31|
|unit 1, ward 3, Etinan lga, Akwa Ibom State||AKWA IBOM||109||219|
|Lafiya 029, Sokoto South LGA, Sokoto North||SOKOTO||27||46|
|PU 009; Kere Aje||KWARA||23||116|
|Polling unit 9, ward 9 in Akure South, Ondo State||ONDO||116||143|
|PU 005 Ward 08 Moferere||ONDO||111||90|
|PU 003(Emir’s palace) Suleja LGA, Niger State||NIGER||195||53|
|Okpujie Pry School VI PU 007, Uromi, Esan North East LGA, Edo||EDO||129||24|
|LGA: karaye Ward: Karaye PUs: 014(shitu i)||KANO||224||38|
|PU024, Ward 06, Egbeda LGA, Oyo Central||OYO||83||82|
|Ogbomosho North Ward:10 PU: 19||OYO||34||168|
|PU020, Ward 08. Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti||EKITI||94||54|
|Ward16, Neni2 Ezi neni village hall2 PU1. Anaocha LGA,||ANAMBRA||7||164|
|PU13 (Voting point A), Ward 4, Fagbesa, Osogbo, Osun Central||OSUN||62||84|
|Central Primary School Gwarangah, Bauchi PU 007B||BAUCHI||16||265|
|PU 002 .Ilesa east LG Osun East senatorial district.||OSUN||99||66|
|PU7 Ward 2 Ede North, Osun West, Osun State||OSUN||54||99|
|lagos centrap senatorial district, Lagos island,||LAGOS||94||19|
|PU019, Ward 08. Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti , Ekiti State||EKITI||98||72|
|PU017, Ward 08. Ado-Ekiti LGA, Ekiti , Ekiti State||EKITI||43||52|
|Lga: Ikorodu Ward: ipakodo Lagos state||LAGOS||48||14|
|PU 01, Okerimi Oro, Irepodun Lg, Kwara south||KWARA||98||72|
|LGA Kano Municipal , Ward Sharada Polling Unit (010)||KANO||222||15|
|Anaocha LGA, Neni, Tax office Hall PU10||ANAMBRA||8||221|
|Ward 06, PU020 Onitolo Community High school,||LAGOS||77||35|
|Central Primary School Gwarangah, Bauchi PU 007A||BAUCHI||15||285|
|Senatorial District Kano North LGA Kabo Ward Gidan Zume 2, Garo||KANO||299||38|
|*LGA*Rano *Ward*Rano Central *Polling Unit*Rano Central 008||KANO||126||30|
|kpujie Pry School VI PU 007, Uromi, Esan North East LGA, Edo Central||EDO||24||129|
|Polling unit 006 Ward 005 Owo LGA||ONDO||242||62|
|Central Primary School Gwarangah, Bauchi||BAUCHI||15||285|
|Onitolo Community High school, IGBAJA /STADIUM Surulere LGA,||LAGOS||77||35|
|Baba Sidi primary school, Polling Unit code:061||BAUCHI||212||32|
|Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government. Ward 01 Afao, PU 001||EKITI||82||225|
|PU 3 WARD 8, ATIBA ISALE OYO,Oyo State Oyo CENTRAL||OYO||196||112|
|Ward1 PU 2, Iragbiji Boripe L.G, Osun Central||OSUN||342||125|
|PU 7, Gidigbo1, Iwo local government Osun West||OSUN||125||149|
|Ogui New layout LGA, Obiagu Road primary school 015,||ENUGU||1||50|
|LGA – RanoWard Rano Central ii Polling Unit||KANO||246||54|
|Unit 22, Abeokuta North, Ogun Central Senatorial||OGUN||88|
|PU 002 ,Ibodi Atakumusa West LG Osun East||OSUN||47||73|
|PU… 001 Ibodi Atakumusa West LG Osun East||OSUN||43||87|
|JIGAWA STATE Arewa primary school PU/VP 001A||JIGAWA||260||23|
|. Uruan LGA, Ward: Southern Uruan Ward 6.Polling Unit: 002||AKWA IBOM||93||126|
|Ward 10, Unit 7, Sagbama lga, bayelsa state.||BAYELSA||118||24|
|LGA* Kano Municipal *Ward* Dan’Agundi *Polling Unit* (004)||KANO||211||61|
|BABURA LG JIGAWA STATE, Arewa primary school PU 002||JIGAWA||209||11|
|SD, AnaochaLGA. Presidential result, PU7, ward15||Anambra||5||93|
Polls: Ayade happy with peaceful conduct, voters turnout
Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections, describing the exercise and turnout as both peaceful and massive.
Ayade accompanied by his wife, Lynda, arrived Kakum Town Hall, Ipong polling unit, Obudu with registration area code CR/09 at about 11:05 where they were accredited and later exercised their franchise.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote, Ayade said: “I am here in my own polling unit and I am happy that we have a very peaceful and massive turnout here in my ward and indeed my polling unit,” adding: “I am also very happy with the conduct, certification and quality of training that the INEC officials and ad hoc staff have received.”
The governor noted that “the process is good and I think that the fact that we are highly registered in this unit and they decided to give us additional voting points has made it a lot easier as a lot of people have already voted as of this moment, so it is clear that by 2. pm, everybody should have voted and the turnout is impressive and peaceful and I hear this is the same situation across Cross River State.”
On areas of improvement ahead of the remaining elections, Ayade intimated: “I guess it is about the technology. The inability of the card reader to actually identify my finger prints calls for worry. This is Ben Ayade, this is my face, the governor of Cross River State with my card in my polling unit. That it could not authenticate my finger prints shows clearly that if there is no alternative other than the card reader, a lot of people will be disenfranchised.”
Continuing, the governor maintained that “there is a challenge and I think it is a function of the temperature which affects the reliability of ICT base of this nature, so it is expected that as Nigeria progresses in our democracy, it should adopt a technology that will reflect our peculiar climate and the nature of our people.”
He added further that “our finger prints vary with our nature, kind of occupation and what we do because all of these come together but I believe there is a great room for improvement as well as the choice of the technology and technical support that can allow us bypass the technology that fails.”
On whether the earlier postponement of the elections has in any way affected yesterday’s exercise, Ayade remarked that “the postponement could not have made a difference in any way as the enthusiasm is high, the social media has actually expanded the understanding of the people as every person of voting age is excited and wants to exercise his or her franchise.”
On her part, wife of the governor, Dr Lynda Ayade enthused: “I am impressed as well as the crowd in this polling unit is a testimony that people really want to exercise their franchise peacefully.”
She added that “except the challenge of the card reader in some occasions, you can see that the people are happy, I expect the best and hope that my party, the PDP wins.”
Sen. Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, has expressed hope that the ongoing presidential and national assembly elections would produce better and acceptable outcomes.
Sani noted that, though the elections have been peaceful, seamless and orderly so far, its final outcome would determine the overall success of the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the senator, who spoke to newsmen shortly after casting his vote at PU 20 polling unit, Maska road, Unguwar Sarki Kaduna, noted that the atmosphere had been secure in spite of earlier apprehensions.
He however said that the major concern “is not just about people voting in the city but those in the rural areas who are remotely connected and might be faced with issue of security challenges.”
Sani added: “It is too early to give credit to the process, an election is not about starting point but its end and result of collation.
“I am old enough in elections to be careful of giving credit to election processes until it is over.
“Elections in which citizens vote for their leaders, they should also note that whoever they vote for as a representative should be someone who they would wholeheartedly and sincerely vouch their lives for.
“If this country must move forward, we must have people who are determined and committed to have the common man at heart and the progress of the nation.
“We must elect leaders that will bring us together, unite us and ensure the progress of the nation.”
Also in an interview, 82-year-old Inuwa Jibrin, commended the process, saying priority was given to old people, pregnant women and people with disabilities at the polling centre.
Maryam Sadiq, 18, voting for the first time in her life said: “I am overjoyed for having to choose a leader for the first time, it gladdens my heart.”
Nigeria Decides 2019: Moghalu, Agbaje call out INEC over failure of card readers
The Presidential Candidate of the Young Peoples Party (YPP), Mr Kingsley Moghalu has decried the non-performance of card readers in his ward at Nnewi North ward 2 in Anambra.
Moghalu told newsmen shortly after voting by 11.55 a.m that faulty card readers delayed voting in the area.
“I came out by 8 a.m to vote but the card readers were not functioning; so I went back to my house and came out by almost noon to vote.
“As you can see, some voters left out of frustration having waited for about three hours. This will affect voting pattern.
“Democracy has a lot of challenges over performance failure by INEC but when I come to power, all these will change,’’ Moghalu said.
Also the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Saturday said he was concerned about the malfunctioning of the card readers during voting at his polling unit in Apapa.
The PDP candidate spoke with newsmen after he and his wife, Biola, voted at polling unit 004,Ward A, Liverpool, Apapa around 11.20a.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the card reader had rejected Agbaje’s fingerprints, that of his wife and those of three other voters.
They, however, eventually voted after their names and photographs were verified manually on the voter register.
The PDP candidate said cases of malfunction of card readers were not good for the credibility of elections.
He pointed out that manual verification of voters was susceptible to electoral fraud and unscrupulous elements could capitalise on it to compromise results.
“Coming to my polling unit, I am concerned that the card readers are not working; the five, six of us, that came to vote before and after me, the card reader wasn’t working.
“And that opens room to all kinds of insinuations, all kinds of mischief and for me, when you get a situation where you have to bypass the card reader, that means we haven’t gotten it right.
“It means it is now open to all kinds of human manipulation because if a card reader doesn’t work, one can collude with one or two officials there, and with the wrong information, I will bypass the system.
“That is the issue, because there is no room in that place for the agents to confirm that the person whose card did not work for the card reader is the owner of that card. So, games can be played,” he said.
On his assessment of the process generally in the state, he said the election had been fine, except in one or two places.
Nigeria Decides 2019: Card reader rejects Lai Mohammed, Dickson’s fingerprint
Card reader on Saturday rejected the thumbprint of Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and minister of Information, Lai Mohammed
Dickson voted at Ward 2 unit 5 in Orerewari, Toru Orua, Sagbama Local Government Area at about 10.35 am after several unsuccessful trials on the card reader.
The governor was allowed to vote after his Permanent Voter Card (PVC) was read manually and his name, signature and phone number were documented, NAN reports
Speaking after voting, Dickson noted that the failure of the smart card to read his thumbprint was not new as it had occurred in the 2015 elections.
He said that despite earlier complaints to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the glitches with the card reader had persisted.
The governor expressed concerns over the reported cases of electoral violence in Nembe Basambri, Southern Ijaw and Ekeremor areas of the state.
In Sagbama Local Government Area, there was low turn-out of voters in most of the pooling units visited by a correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent.
On the other hand, Lai Mohammed was at his Polling Unit, PU 06, Oro, Irepodun LGA, Kwara south, earlier today to participate in the electoral exercise but failed to get authenticated because of the card reader.
He had to vote manually.
Buhari vs Atiku: Jonathan warns loser of 2019 presidential election
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that whoever loses the ongoing election must be willing to accept defeat.
Jonathan stated this on Saturday, after voting at unit 39, ward 13, Otazi Playground, Otuoke, Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.
He was accompanied by wife, Patience and his mother, Ayi.
“I can only encourage people that when they lose the elections, they should accept it.
“If you think you are good enough and you are trusted, you can come back. It has happened in other countries. That is the essence of democracy.
“If you are there as a governor and people misunderstood your policies and vote you out, you should realise that’s the people’s choice. We should be able to elect our leaders in a way that the world will accept them and believe we are doing what is right,” he said.
The ex-president also said if elections are marred with violence, “the wrong people will be elected and there can never be any development in a society governed by the wrong people.”
“For Nigerians, if you want to move this country forward, you must start with decent and credible elections,” he added.
Buhari vs Atiku: Nigerians reveal who they voted for
Some Nigerians on social media have revealed who they voted for in the ongoing presidential election.
The Nigerians also expressed optimism that their choiced candidate will emerge at the end.
Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President, is the main challenger of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, in the 2019 election.
The social media users, who have already cast their votes in different locations, are hoping that they do not regret their actions in the next four years.
DAILY POST collated the following comments from social media users who cast their votes on Saturday:
Abba Moro votes in Ugbokolo, denies being arrested
The senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue South, Comrade Abba Moro, has cast his votes in Ugbokolo.
Moro, who cast his votes at the Ben Poly poling unit in Ugbokolo, debunked the rumours that he was arrested by security agencies.
The former minister of Interior said he was confident that the people of Benue South would not disappoint PDP.
Ballot box snatcher arrested in Otukpo
A suspected ballot box snatcher has been arrested at Ward Okete in Otukpo LGA of Benue state.
The suspect, believed to be working for a political party, was nabbed in a clear attempt to move the ballot box.
He is still in the police custody as at press time.
Nigeria decides 2019: What Tinubu said after casting vote
Senator Oluremi Tinubu from Lagos Central, has reacted to the large turnout of voters in ongoing presidential and parliamentary elections in the state.
The lawmaker, who is the wife of All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, expressed satisfaction with the large turnout of voters at her polling unit.
She arrived her polling unit at Ward 9, Unit 34, at 8.35am while officials of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and voting materials arrived at 9.10 am.
Mrs Tinubu said she not “worried by the late arrival of INEC officials because in 2015 voting didn’t start here until 12 noon.”
The lawmaker, who cast her vote at 10.10am, stated that there was an improvement on the part of the electoral body.
She commended voters for remaining on the queue for a long time before INEC officials arrived.
Nigeria decides 2019: Gov. Bello finally votes, expresses disappointment over malfunctioning card reader
The Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has expressed disappointment over the malfunctioning of the card readers in the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections.
The governor, who could not be accredited earlier due to the malfunctioning of the card readers, finally cast his vote in his polling Unit, 11, Agassa – Ahache Okene – Eba ward, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State at 9.50 am after INEC provided an alternative card reader for the unit.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote, the Governor expressed disappointment saying INEC has failed in its promises.
“I am disappointed over INEC’s preparation. I hoped that this is an isolated case,” he said.
He called on the people of Kogi State to be peaceful and law-abiding.
SGF Mustapha votes, recommends Jonathan’s sportsmanship to Buhari, Atiku, others
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, voted in Yola Saturday morning, advising candidates to exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship in reaction to the elections’ results.
Boss Mustapha, who got to his Gwadabawa ward voting unit in Old GRA, Jimeta, just before 10, said during an interaction with newsmen, after casting his vote, that he was impressed by the peaceful conduct of the electorate.
He said, “It would be great if candidates would similarly conduct themselves in a peaceful manner when the results begin to come out. I earnestly hope this peaceful atmosphere will continue as the results are announced.”
Recalling how ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s sense of sportsmanship calmed the nation in 2015 when he readily called Muhammadu Buhari to concede defeat and to congratulate him, Boss Mustapha said he recommends such attitude to all those seeking various elective offices.
The SGF commended the people for turning out in large numbers and waiting patiently to cast their votes despite the disappointment previous Saturday when the election was rescheduled.
He however expressed reservation over the ballot papers, which he said were too large and would be better if they were redesigned.
Nigeria decides: Gunmen kill APC chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Chairman of Yandoton Daji in Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Yusuf Yahaya, has been killed by unidentified gunmen.
The police said the deceased was killed at about 1:00am on Saturday while on his way home from Tsafe.
Police spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the state Commissioner of Police, Celestine Okoye, had visited the area.
He said that the incident had not affected the conduct of ongoing presidential and national assembly elections in the area.
Chairman of Tsafe Local Council, Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar, had earlier told newsmen in Gusau on Saturday that Abubakar and one other person were killed by the gunmen while four others sustained injuries.
“He was killed along with another supporter of the party and other four persons were injured.
“The deceased left Tsafe for his village on Friday night after collecting his tag as the APC agent in the area in preparation for today’s (Saturday) election,’’ he said.
The chairman said another set of unidentified gunmen also attacked Wanzamai village in the same area and kidnapped many villagers, including wife of Alhaji Sanusi Wanzamai, a Commissioner with state electoral commission.
Abubakar commiserated with the families of the deceased and prayed Allah to grant them Aljanatul Firdausi.
His words, ‘’Those who sustained injuries in the attack have already been admitted in the hospital for treatment.
Nigeria elections: Domestic observers worry over non-arrival of sensitive materials, INEC officials
Some domestic observers have expressed concern over the late arrival of sensitive materials and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) electoral officers at polling unit 006 as at 9.30 a.m. in Karu, Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many voters arrive at the polling unit as early as 6.20am and were still waiting as at press time and were becoming agitated.
One of the domestic observers, Mr Jude Ohuakanwa from Global Policy Advocacy and Leadership Initiatives, said he was at the Bakina Ado Primary School at 7am and saw a mammoth crowd of voters.
He said: “as a matter of fact, I doubt if the school compound can accommodate the number of voters. It is 7.30 a.m. and there is no shadow of any INEC officials, ad hoc staff or party agents here.
“The only people that reported early here are the civil defence officials,” Ohuakanwa said.
He could not understand the delay and hopes the election would eventually hold in the unit.
Another domestic observer, Mr Anthony Ode of the Justice Development Peace Commission, said the electoral officers were late for about an hour.
According to him, the lateness will discourage some voters as most of them want to vote and go back to their houses.
Ode said: “as at 8.54 a.m., no electoral officer is in sight.”
Mr Issac Ngbede, another domestic observer from the African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, was impressed at the turnout of voters but worried over the lateness of the INEC officials.
He, however, said: “the process would be conducted peacefully.”
One of the eligible voters, Mr Godwin Penang, who said he had been at the polling unit before 7am, added that he would not be discouraged but would wait for as long as it would be possible for him to cast his vote.
Law enforcement officers could not be reached to ascertain what the issue was with unit 006, Karu ward.
Karu has 13 units and 006 is one of them.
Nigeria decides 2019: 10 youths arrested for snatching ballot boxes [PHOTOS]
Ten youths have been arrested from different locations in Bende local government area of Abia State.
They were arrested over allegations of attempting to snatch ballot boxes.
According to Daily Trust, the suspects were arrested following a tip-off from youths in the area who alleged that they were unknown and armed.
They were handed over to army personnel on duty close to the local government headquarters.
The senior army officer, in charge of the team, told newsmen in the state that investigation is ongoing regarding the story.
Osinbajo, Wife vote
The ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at Gwarinpa Estate 11, polling unit 024 in Abuja, are under pressure to accredit and commence voting exercise.
The pressure arose following the scrutiny embarked by a team of local and foreign election observers including newsmen to ensure that sensitive materials for the exercise were not tampered with.
But the early morning turnout of voters was impressive as the number rose steadily.
Seven voting points in this location are expected to accommodate 3,323 electorates willing to exercise their franchise in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, accreditation and voting commenced at about 10:30 am later than the approved 8:00 am official time.
Massive turnout at Bwari Area Council
There is massive turnout of voters at the Bwari Area council with many standing in the sun patiently to cast their votes.
There are, however, incidences of card reader malfunctioning.
As the people of Osun State trooped out on Saturday to exercise their civic right, DAILY POST observed that there was a high level of turnout amongst voters as well as early arrival of electoral materials.
Also, every voting material was on ground, while smart card readers were functioning without hitches in all the polling booths visited by our correspondent.
At Ward 3, unit 10, Ataoaja “C” in Osogbo metropolis, one of the voters, Mrs Kafayat Alamu expressed satisfaction of the electoral process, saying Nigerians are becoming more politically mature.
She opined that despite the attendant agitations and condemnations that followed the sudden postponement of the exercise last week Saturday, “people were resolute in their civic responsibilities”.
The situation was the same in Unit 3, Ward 1, St Peter, Ibokun, in Obokun Local Government.
At Ward 1, unit 9, Isale Afa, in the town, the presiding officer, Mr Olu Evans told DAILY POST that voters in the unit were orderly and cooperative.
He noted that every necessary voting material was on ground as early as 7am, which according to him made the process very mooth without blemish.
Meanwhile, at Ward 4 unit 1, Ilase-ijesha town, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Osun East senatorial district, Prince Francis Fadahunsi commended INEC for promptness and effectiveness.
“I think the postponement has really made INEC to be fully prepared and get things right. Moreso, unlike the feelings in some quarters that the postponement would result into political apathy, the turnout is very impressive.”
Speaking about his chances in the polls, Fadahunsi said he was confident of victory.
BREAKING: Nigeria decides 2019: Two APC chieftains arrested with PVCs in Benue (PHOTOS)
Security operatives have arrested two men alleged to be members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Benue State with Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.
Both men identifies as Christopher and Terseer Iordye were nabbed today with a total of 43 PVCs, Daily Trust reports.
They were caught with the PVCs at Gbajimgba Secondary School polling units in Benue state.
While Christopher was arrested with 6 cardd, Terseer was nabbed with 37.
Nigeria decides: Gwarinpa-Abuja voters lament late commencement of voting, failure of card readers
Voters at the LEA Primary School in Gwarinpa, Abuja, have expressed disappointment over the late commencement of voting at the area as polls were eventually opened at 10 am.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the polling unit recorded massive turn out.
The gate of the primary school opened around at 9:51 am and there was a stampede to rush into the venue.
Meanwhile, those on the queue, from S to Z, expressed disappointment as the card readers were not working.
However, voting has commenced on the other lines while INEC officers assured them that the problem would be addressed.
Many voters at the LEA Primary Sch, Galadima are complaining of delay in the commencement of voting as many of them came at 6 am.
NAN reports that there are hundreds of people waiting outside the gate, which is still locked at 8:55.
INEC officials came around 7.30am and locked themselves inside the school, apparently preparing the materials for the voting.
A voter, Mrs Irisim Andrew-Jauro, said she came at 6 am and she was not about the lateness in starting.
She, however, expressed delight at the huge turnout.
According to her, people are so anxious to exercise their franchise.
Mrs Comfort Moses-Oleghe said she came since 7am but nothing is happening.
INEC officials are not saying anything. She said she was also impressed at the huge turn-out. “People are eager to vote”.
Mr Lawrence Paul said, “I came here to exercise my franchise and this delay is unwarranted. “Uptill now, 9.30, voting has not started.
“Look at the huge crowd and nobody has voted, we have only written down our names.
“Do they want people to start going, this is bad.”
Five journalists from major national dailies have been left stranded by a team of fully armed police officers close to the home of the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi.
The Police officers, who came in five unmarked police vans, fully loaded and armed, trailed the journalists from the home of the vice presidential candidate where they covered him while voting.
The police officers, who refused to identify themselves, simply blocked the vehicle used by the journalists, ordering them out and collecting the keys to their vehicles, before releasing them and driving off with the keys, leaving the journalists stranded.
The journalists: Mr Nwanosike Onu of The Nation, Geoffrey Anyanwu of The Sun, David-Chyddy Eleke of DAILY POST, Vincent Ujumadu of Vanguard and Tony Okafor of Punch were denied opportunity to even introduce themselves, despite wearing INEC apron, provided for journalists.
One of the officers simply told the journalists that they were on instruction, and would not listen to anyone, not even journalists on duty.
Our correspondent gathered that the officers, who were more than 50 in number, were on a coordinated operation to ensure that election coverage in the stronghold of the PDP in the state was characterized with fear.
The Anambra State police spokesman, SP Haruna Mohammed, who was contacted by the stranded journalists, promised to help retrieve the vehicle keys, while also promising to reach out to the stranded journalists who are helpless at Ogbu junction in Agulu, Anaocha local government area.
Shortly after the incident, one of the vans with policemen returned and requested to take away the driver of the vehicle, but the journalists resisted the arrest, causing the team to drive away.
As at the time of filling this news, the journalists are still stranded at Agulu.
The Special Adviser to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on International Relations, Bankole Omisore has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of mixing up ballot papers in Kwara State.
Omisore alleged that ballot papers meant for 015 and 007 polling units in Oloje were mixed up with those meant for Warah Osin and Magajin Geri ward.
The Senate President’s aide raised the alarm in a tweet, on Saturday.
He also lamented that ballot papers in Adewole ward were those of Ajikobi Ward.
“It is a shame that @inecnigeria can’t seem to get elections right. They have mixed up ballot papers. 015 and 007 PUs in Oloje both have Ballot papers from Warah Osin ward and Magajin Geri ward, respectively.
“006 in Adewole ward is Ballot papers from Ajikobi Ward in Kwara State,” he tweeted.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have disagreed with residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, over the processes for accreditation and voting by registered electorates.
At polling unit 003, Kabusa ward, residents were seen in clusters receiving numbers written on tiny sheets of paper from individuals which bore no form of identification or accreditation.
The sight raised suspicions among INEC officials and security operatives who sought to interrogate the gathering.
But the electorates maintained there was nothing sinister about the numbers that were being doled out to voters.
While the officials of the electoral commission insisted that group action under any guise at poling units was prohibited, the residents claimed the numbers were part of their self effort towards ensuring order at the polling unit through a ‘first come, first vote’ system.
A resident, who spoke anonymously, said: “Contrary to what the INEC officials are saying, we are only giving out the numbers as a way to ensure there is order in the polling environment. This is our community. We know the people better than INEC. We only want hassle-free elections, nothing more.”
Meanwhile, DAILY POST observed massive turnout of voters at the polling unit.
As early as 8:00am, election materials both sensitive and non-sensitive were on ground. Unarmed security operatives were sighted keeping tab on activities even as local observers and party agents were on ground to guard against shady dealings.
Some early voters, who had cast their ballots by 9:00am, hailed INEC’s introduction of simultaneous accreditation and voting.
Late arrival of voting materials and late voting characterised today’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Though the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced arrangements for voting in today’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Oyo state, our correspondent, who monitored the processes in some local government areas in Ibadan, observed that election materials arrived most of the polling units late.
Voting commenced some minutes before 9 am, although the voting proper was supposed to commence at 8am, according to INEC.
As at 7.50am when our correspondent visited Onireke, the headquarters of Ibadan North West, INEC officials were seen discussing how they will commence the distribution of materials to respective polling units.
The electoral officer in charge of the local government told journalists that there are 240 voting points and 11 electoral wards in this local government area.
However, the commission has commenced arrangements for voting in some of the polling units visited some minutes past 8am.
As at 8.10, INEC officials were seen arranging the cubicles and displaying voters list at Ward 9 unit 9 opposite Ibadan North West local government secretariat. There are four voting points in this unit. Two security officers including a NSCDC and traffic warden were there to provide security cover to INEC staff and election materials.
At Ward 9 unit 4, opposite Saviour Apostolic Church, there are two voting points here as INEC staff were seen still arranging election materials as at 8.25 am when our correspondent left the polling unit.
The same was recorded at Ward 9 unit 8 where INEC officials at the two voting points were still arranging election materials.
INEC officials are yet to arrive at Ajibode Ward 8 (Units 1 and 2) in Akinyele LGA as at 9 am. Number of accredited voters in Unit 1 is 1,254 while number of accredited voters at Unit 2 stands at 1,862.
As at 10.05am, when our correspondent visited Ward 10 unit 13, voting is yet to commence. INEC officials were seen arranging the election materials. There are two voting points in this unit. This is the polling unit where a former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Ladoja is expected to vote.
The first person that voted at Ward 7 unit 10 cast his votes at 8.50am.
At at 9.20 am, when our correspondent revisited some units in Ward 9, voting is yet to commence.
The first person who voted at Ward 9 unit 9 did so at 9.23 am.
The same thing was recorded in many polling units in Ibadan North West, Ibadan North, Ido, Lagelu, Akinyele, Saki East and Saki West.
Nigeria Decides: Enugu Gov. Ugwuanyi casts vote
Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has cast his vote in the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections.
The Governor voted at about 10 a.m. in his Amaube ward 2, Udenu Local Government Area.
He said the State would continue to give God glory.
Massive turnout at polling unit 001 in Ushafa, Abuja
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Saturday cast his vote in the Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying it would be ‘very peaceful and very successful’.
Ambode arrived his polling unit, Ward A5 unit 033 at Ogunmodede Junior and Senior College in Papa Epe by 9.48am, accompanied by his wife, Bolanle.
Speaking to journalists shortly after casting his vote at exactly 10.01am, Ambode commended residents of the state for being cooperative.
“I have just exercised my civic right by voting in my polling unit and from the records across the state, I can observe that the election is going on peacefully across the state.
“I am delighted that Lagosians have been cooperative; we have had peaceful nights and ever since morning, everywhere has been very peaceful.
“We want to commend INEC; they have been up to the task and almost everywhere, election materials are in place.
“In the places where materials have not got to, obviously, they are up to the task and those things will be done,” he said.
Sen. Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cast his vote at exactly 9:01 a.m. at Sagba -Abogunde unit 9 ward 3 in Osun State after being accredited by INEC officials.
The Senator admonished voters to be law-abiding and to avoid any act likely to cause a breach of the peace.
Speaking with newsmen afterwards, Adeleke said: “I thank the Almighty God that the election is finally here in spite of the little hitches encountered.
“The election has been very peaceful and I want Osun people to be law-abiding and to cast their votes peacefully.”
“Nigeria’s democracy will survive in spite of all the challenges being encountered.”
Adeleke, however, said that the security situation in Ede was encouraging and urged the people of the community not to engage in any act that might truncate the electoral process.
Absence of senatorial ballot box stalls voting at Jos polling unit
The rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly polls have commenced in Jos and Bukuru metropolis at most polling units visited by DAILY POST.
Despite disappointment fuelled by the rescheduling of the elections, electorates are out in their numbers, ready to cast their votes.
However, while elections in other areas were going on peacefully, the electorates at a polling unit close to the Plateau Hospital, in Jos, said voting will not commence because there is no ballot box for the Senatorial election in that unit.
According to them, voting can only commence when the ballot box is provided.
Addressing the electorates, Head Voter Education and Publicity of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Osaretin Imahireogbo, assured them that the ballot box will be brought.
People were seen as early as 5:30 am trekking to their various polling units.
Regina Bala, a voter who spoke to DAILY POST, said she was not deterred by the postponement of the elections, “I was even more gingered to vote because I believe I must exercise my civic responsibility and elect leaders that would lead our dear country.”
As at the time of filing this report, the ballot box was yet to brought.
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has voted in Bayelsa state.
Jonathan refused to reveal who he voted for, explaining to reporters that his comments could be interpreted as campaigning.
The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, has cast his vote on Saturday morning.
However, Sowore described the process as “a little bit cumbersome and frustrating”.
While casting his vote at RCM polling unit 005, Ese Odo Local Government Area (LGA) of Ondo State, he said: “So far, everything is peaceful. Voter turnout is very high and encouraging.
“We are expecting that results will start trickling in after 2pm, but the process is a little slow and frustrating for voters; people standing out here for hours just to get accredited and then vote.
“It is a little bit cumbersome and frustrating, but otherwise, it’s been good so far. I’m glad we saw a huge turnout of voters.”
Nigeria decides 2019: Card reader fails to accredit Gov Bello in his polling unit
There was an impressive turnout of eligible voters across Kogi central senatorial district.
Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello was at his polling unit, Unit 11, Agassa-Ahache Okene–Eba ward, in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State as early as 8.30am.
Governor Bello was accompanied to the polling unit by two of his wives, Hajia Rashida Bello and Hajia Amina Bello.
But unfortunately, the Governor could not be accredited as at the time of filing this report due to the malfunctioning of card reader.
INEC officials said that they are going to provide an alternative card reader.
The unit has total registered voters of 844, whose voting in the election depends on how soon INEC would provide an alternative card reader for the area.
Nigeria decides 2019: ‘PDP bigwigs harassed’ – Peter Obi says after voting, laments process
The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lamented about the electoral process during today’s presidential election.
Obi, while casting his vote at his polling unit at Umadimakasi Square, PU019, in his hometown in Anambra State, described the voting process as ‘clumsy and time-consuming’.
He, however, raised alarm over harassment of bigwigs of PDP on Friday night, including himself, describing the harassment as ‘trouble’ for Nigeria.
Addressing journalists after voting, Obi said: “Well, I can’t tell you I’m not tensed but this thing is still a bit clumsy for a lot of people. See the time it took for us to go through this voting process.
“Even the inks were not proper but I still have faith in the process even though it’s not perfect from my experience. However, it’s too early to comment on the election.
“It is true that some PDP bigwigs were whisked away by security agencies, some were harassed including myself. This spells trouble for the country.”
Nigeria decides 2019: Atiku votes in Jimeta, says will accept result of credibly conducted poll
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has voted in his Ajiya Ward polling unit in Jimeta, Yola, with a pledge to accept the result of the presidential election if the conduct of the poll is credible.
“I am a true democrat, unlike others. So far so good,” he said, reiterating that as a true democrat, he has no problem with poll results.
Atiku who spoke during a brief interaction with the media after casting his vote at the Unit 12 in Ajiya Ward at Old GRA, Jimeta, stressed that although he expected to win, he would accept defeat if the conduct of the poll is free and fair.
He expressed satisfaction with the turnout of voters to exercise their franchise and said he hoped all those officiating the conduct of the election would do their jobs with honesty and fairness.
“I am impressed with the turnout of the voters. I hope the electoral officers would be able to cope with the crowd,” Atiku said.
Atiku had arrived his polling unit in a wave of glory, welcomed by a large crowd of mostly women and youths who shouted his praise.
Newsmen had a hectic time getting a couple of minutes from him as the surging crowd struggled to have a glimpse of him.
Gov. Ortom, wife cast vote, express happiness on peaceful polls
Gov. Ortom votes in Gbajimba as card reader malfunction mars elections in Benue
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has cast his vote in Gbajimba, Guma LGA of Benue State.
Ortom, who voted few minutes to 10 am, expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would surely carry the day.
However, reports from some various polling units across the state show that there are cases of card reader malfunction.
Jime, the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to cast his vote due to the hiccup.
In some places like Udaburu, Ekere Owukpa in Ogbadibo, card readers are still not working properly.
In Ugbugbu, voting accreditation was, however, going on smoothly.
Nigeria Decides: Corps members convey election materials to Enugu polling unit on motorbike (PHOTOS)
Election kicked off in Enugu State early Saturday morning.
This is as some residents have already cast their votes.
A delighted resident of Uwani, who cast her ballot at Uwani Ward 4, in Enugu South told DAILY POST, “I’m so happy, I have voted, the process is simple.”
Meanwhile, our correspondent spotted a team of presiding officers, made up of corps members, heading to Opi, in Nsukka Local Government Area, on motorbike.
The corps members said they could not get a vehicle that would convey them to the unit.
Jabi primary school voters in queue
There is a large early turn out of voters at the Jabi primary school. As at 9.34am, electorate are already queued up to cast their votes.
Atiku set to vote
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is yet to cast his vote at his polling unit of Ajiya in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa almost one hour after the commencement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections nationwide.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that voting has commenced in earnest at the unit and other centres across the metropolis.
Some of his aides who arrived at the unit, however, said the PDP flag-bearer “`should be coming any moment from now”.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, voted four minutes after the commencement of polling in Daura, Katsina State.
Buhari, Aisha vote in Daura
President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that he will win Saturday’s presidential election and then congratulate himself for the electoral victory.
The president said this after casting his vote at 8:05 a.m. in PU003, Sarkin Yara ward, Daura.
The president was reacting to questions on whether he would congratulate the winner of the election if he failed to emerge victorious at the end of the exercise.
Buhari, who stressed that he would surely win the election, expressed satisfaction so far over the conduct of the elections, saying “so far so good, everything is going smoothly’’.
He commended the electorate for their orderly conduct so far at the polls.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari and his wife, Aisha, were the first to cast their votes at their polling unit in Daura.
They arrived at the PU003 at Sarkin Yara ward at exactly 8 a.m., and they were accredited immediately without hitches.
Aisha was the first to vote after which her husband voted.
When he came out of the cubicle, Buhari was clearly heard jokingly telling his wife that, “I had to peep because you are from Adamawa”.
President Buhari’s main challenger, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is an indigene of Adamawa.
Nigeria Decides: Buhari, Wife cast votes in Daura
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.
After voting, the president expressed satisfaction with the state of affairs and said he was optimistic of winning.
— Radio Buhari (@RadioBuhari) February 23, 2019
On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Nigerians will finally go to the polls to vote for the President who will rule the country for the next four years, one week after its originally scheduled date.
There are a total of 71 presidential candidates for this year’s election.
The main contenders include: incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressives Congress, APC) and former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP).
Others include: Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC); Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP); Sina Fagbenro-Byron of the KOWA Party; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Obadaiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
DAILY POST brings you the live update of events surrounding the election as they unfold across the country.