Massive turnout greets Nigeria’s election…bomb explosion rocks Borno
London, Feb. 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Massive turn-out has greeted Nigeria’s rescheduled vote. Millions of Nigerians are to elect a president that will lead West Africa’s most populous country for another four years.
Reports from across the country indicate that some voters arrived polling boots as early as 6. o clock in the morning to await electoral officials.
Expectedly, there are reported cases of delayed voting occasioned by either late arrival of materials and or electoral officers. In all, there has been relative peace as reported by our correspondents except in Borno state where multiple bomb explosion rocked the city of Maiduguri
Multiple blasts from bomb explosions suspected to be from the Boko Haram insurgents shook Maiduguri, Borno State, in the early hours of Saturday as Nigerians woke up on election day.
The blasts, about 11 in number, were heard at about 6 a.m.
It is not certain from which direction they occurred, but agitated residents said it could be another attack by Boko Haram.
Many Nigerian political leaders have exercised their rights with President Buhari and his major challenger, Atiku Abubakar reported to have voted in their respective places
Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja thronged as early as dawn their polling units to cast their votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Our correspondents who visited some of the polling units in Garki reported that as at 6am , some of the units already had over 200 voters on the queue.
Some of the voters who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that they arrived at the units as early as 3am.
At the Area 1 primary school polling Unit, Ahmed Bako said that he got to the unit as early as 5am only to meet over 100 persons already on the queue.
“I left my house in Mararaba as early as 4am so I can get here on time but I was surprised to see that there were already many people on the queue.
Our correspondent who arrived there at 6am reports that there were two separate lists: one had 121 names on it while the other had 97 names.
The situation was not so different at the polling units in Area 2 where our correspondent reported that residents came out in droves to await the INEC officials.
At the Area 2 Recreational Park, the intending voters were also seen in their numbers with the list already above 100 names.
Mr Solomon Namabri who resides very close to the polling unit told NAN that he started noticing people at the unit from 3am