2023 Election Headline News

#NigeriaDecides2023: Nationwide update

Voting has been completed in all the polling units in Imesi Ekiti and Aisegba Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area, Ekiti State.

Some of the polling units are Odekun, Okeose, Said James, Saint Patrick, among other

When Radio Nigeria spoke with some the INEC officials, they maintained more electorate would still be privileged to cast their votes until the official closing time of 2 O’clock.

Reporting by Oriola Afolabi

Voting has commenced across various wards in Kano state.

INEC officials and relevant stakeholders have commenced accreditation of voters at Kwakwaci primary school, school of Arabic studies SAS, special education school Tudun Maliki and Tukuntawa primary, Gidan radio, Hudaibiyya and Gyadi Gyadi Arewa in  Tarauni, Kano Municipal, and Kumbotso local government areas.

Election materials arrived at Tukuntawa wards which comprise of Gidan Radio, Hudaibiyya and Primary at 9:30am.

Voters at Kwari III Kabo, Alawa ward Gaya and some parts of Kura local government areas have started casted their votes.

Security and paramilitary officials were seen going round the polling units to maintain law and order.

Reporting by Khadijah Aliyu

In Sokoto State

Accreditation and voting commenced at about at 9: 45 in most polling units in Sokoto South and Sokoto north metropolis.

Turnout was impressive as they patiently queue awaiting their turn to exercise their civic right.

Reporting by Nasir Malali

Zamfara state

As at 10:27am voters were still awaiting the arrival of officials at the Mareri primary school election center with about five polling units in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State.

Reporting by Bello Mujtaba

Ondo State

Accreditation and Voting commenced at Ilaramokin, Igbara Oke in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State at 8:30 am as voters trooped out to cast their votes .

At ward 16 and 17, Ilaramokin, voters were orderly, Although the octogenarians who were mostly women had difficulty in assessing their choices on the ballot papers but they were allowed to be assisted by their children.

At ward 2, unit 5, some youths were seen protesting agains vote trading.

Also the BVAS at the unit was not working as this led many voters stranded as at the time of filing this report.

Voter ready to cast his vote in unit 5 ward 2

Reporting by Fisoye Adenitan

Nasarawa State

Voters at the Angwan Nungu polling unit, Nyanya Gwandara, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have gathered at Ward 11 to identify their names on INEC voter lists pasted at the area.

At Gwandara Primary School at Karu in Nasarawa State, many voters also gathered, however, there is no INEC list displayed at the polling unit.

A major issue is that most voters are not sure of their polling units as some were moved from where they registered to other places.

INEC officials are yet to arrive the venue at the time of filling in this report.

Reporting by Sandra Udeike

Also in Nasarawa, some elderly people are waiting patiently to vote as INEC officials and Adhoc staff get set to commence accreditation in Central Primary school pooling units in Akwanga, Nasarawa State.

The electorates who said they are ready for the election wondered why the electoral empire delayed the distribution of sensitive materials to polling units.

When Radio Nigeria visited Akwanga West and Akwanga East collation centers, many adhoc staff were seen waiting to collect their materials as at 9:50am.

Reporting by Kalu Idika

In the FCT

Electorates have expressed dissatisfaction with the preparations on ground at the Municipal Polling Unit, Art and Culture, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

The names of voters for the polling units were being pasted as at 8.00am on the election day.

A total of 2,344 voters were captured for the polling unit, although the turn out looks poor at the moment.

By 8.03am, election materials began arriving, while voting commenced at 08.40am.

Other voters were still yet to find their names on the list posted while voting progressed.

Meanwhile at Polling Unit 091, Cross River Street, Area 3, Garki, Abuja electoral officers were seated waiting for voters to turn up as at 11:30am.

This polling unit has a total of 14 voters; so far only 2 persons have cast their votes.

Reporting by Muzha Kucha

At the Polling Unit: Aco Estate by Security post, Polling Unit Code 37-06-07-056, Airport Road, Abuja, voters in their thousands who have been on the queue since 7am are still waiting for the arrival of electoral officials.

One of them, a female twenty six year old first time voter said there was no list of voters pasted.

Reporting by Patience Olumati

Kano State

The Presidential and National Assembly voting exercise has commenced peacefully in Kano State.

When Radio Nigeria went round the metropolis; both election materials and officials of INEC and security agencies were on ground on time to ensure successful conduct of the elections.

Some of the polling units visited include: Dorayi ward in Gwale local government area, Kano municipal, Nasarawa and Kumbotso.

While at Kwankwaso polling in Madobi Local Government area voting exercise had since commenced.

Kwankwaso is the polling unit where on of the presidential candidate would cast his vote.

Rabiu musa kwankwaso is expected to cast his site at around 10.30am.

Reporting by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

Borno State

The Vice Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Kashim Shettima has cast his vote at 11:43 in the morning at his polling unit Alhaji Shettima Kukawa 023 in Maiduguri.

Senator Shettima was earlier at the polling unit around 10:05 in the morning but met no INEC official on the ground.

In a interview with newsmen shortly after casting his vote, expressed satisfaction with the turn out of voters in the election.

All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Kashim Shettima at the 023 in Maiduguri, Photo: Dauda Illya/Radio Nigeria 25/02/2023

He urged INEC to extend the voting period to six in the evening to enable people in areas where voting commenced late exercise their franchise.

The election is generally peaceful in Borno state amidst large turnout of voters, however in most parts of Maiduguri and Jere voting started late with cases of malfunctioning of the BVAS machines.

Reporting by Dauda Illya

Yobe State

In Yobe state, Governor Mai Mala Buni cast his vote at the Bulturam Yerimari Polling Unit 004 of Buni-Gari ward of Gujba Local Government.

Shortly after casting his vote, Governor Buni expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He commended the electorates for conducting themselves in an orderly manner and charged them to maintain the tradition.

Yobe state Governor Mai Mala Buni acknowledges electorates at the Bulturam Yerimari Polling Unit 004 of Buni-Gari ward of Gujba Local Government Photo: Dala Lawan/Radio Nigeria

Buni-Gari area was a stronghold of Boko Haram Insurgents some years back, but expresses joy that people are now back to their normal life and they even have the opportunity to come out and exercise their civic right.

The Governor urged politicians and political parties, opinion leaders, traditional rulers and parents to caution their wards and youth to shun violence and thuggery during and after the elections.

He expressed happiness with the reports on how the elections were conducted in other parts of state, described it as peaceful and orderly.

Reporting by Dala Lawan

Kwara State

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has expressed satisfaction with turnouts of voters for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State

The Governor spoke with newsmen, immediately after casting his vote at his Idi Igba polling unit of Adewole Ward.

He expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the election, commending the security agencies for doing good job so far.

Governor AbdulRazaq casting his vote Idi Igba polling unit of Adewole Ward Photo: Lawrence Afolabi/ Radio Nigeria

Governor AbdulRazaq said the security report at his disposal shows that the election had been peaceful across the state.

He noted that despite the late arrival of INEC materials and malfunctioning of Biomodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in some areas, the electorate were not deterred to exercise their franchise.

Radio Nigeria reports that Governor Abdulrasaq cast his vote, alongside his wife, Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq, and members of his immediate family.

Reporting by Lawrence Afolabi

Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu , Tina Oyinsan & Adeniyi Bakare