Buhari defeats Atiku in Obasanjo's polling unit

Buhari defeats Atiku in Obasanjo's polling unit

The results from Mr Abubakar's polling unit are amongst some of the early returns trickling in from across the country in today's presidential and federal parliamentary elections.

Just over 84 million people were registered to vote but only 72.7 million (86 percent) of those will be allowed to vote, as they have picked up their voter identity cards.

Arena said although the team would not be making hasty reports, it has however, observed that many Nigerians are happy to vote.

Vote-counting has begun in Nigeria even as many people who were in line by the 2 p.m. closing time will continue to cast their ballots in the hours to come.

The election is widely seen as a tight race between President Muhammadu Buhari and his main rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar.

President Buhari was one of the first in the queue when the almost 120,000 polling stations began opening at 0700 GMT.

Speaking to reporters after casting his ballot in his hometown Daura in the northwestern Katsina State, Buhari responded to whether or not he will handover if defeated: "I will congratulate myself, I'm going to be the victor".

But another candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the senatorial seat in the area was not as lucky.

As he emerged from the polling booth, he was asked whether he was confident of winning.

Some Nigerians are reporting low turnout or the late opening of polls more than one hour into the presidential election.

Domestic observer Jude Okafor said voting in Yola was peaceful.

The party, however, says that nothing can break the will of the people in their determination to stand till the end, in voting out the incompetent, corrupt and oppressive APC administration.

In Abuja, Maria Arena, a member of the European Parliament and Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation, explained the EU's role in observing elections in Nigeria. So we want to see a blank result sheet.

It marked the third time in row that a vote has been delayed in Nigeria.

The election campaign has coincided with fresh violence in northern Nigeria, blamed on criminal gangs as well as Boko Haram jihadists.

According to Sahara Reporters, residents of Maiduguri are now in panic as series of explosions have rocked the city all within ten minutes.

Two other residents gave a similar account. "Attempts have been made to locate the source of the firing".

The PDP deeply salutes the resilience, courage and sacrifices by Nigerians, across the board, in resisting the Buhari's anti-democratic forces and insisting that their votes must count, against all odds. "There were other explosions at Maimalari barracks but there was no casualty", he added.

There was no official comment from the military but Borno police commissioner Damian Chukwu denied any attack.

"The gunfire was not targeted at members of the public but was for security goal", he added.

Boko Haram has warned it will disrupt the elections.

The chief EUOM observer, Maria Arena, while speaking to journalists including Legit.ng reporter, Nnena Ibeh, at the Area 10/ post office, PU 018; registration area: 01, City Centre in Abuja, said the team is now collating information from all polling units across Nigeria.

The IS-backed group is known to operate in northern Yobe state and around the border with Borno state.

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