Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term is gradually winding up as Nigerians troop to the polls today, Saturday, February 23, to decide who will be Nigeria’s next president.

Although there are 72 presidential candidates slugging it out in the 2019 presidential elections, five candidates stand out among the rest: President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who wants to take Nigeria to “the next level”, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who wants to “make Nigeria work again, and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC) who wants to “take Nigeria back”.

Others are Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) who wants to “offer Nigeria visionary, purposeful, competent leadership to build our future” and Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) who wants “to build a coalition of ideas around a strong ideology of a New Nigeria where things work and everyone is working to make things work”.

Who will Nigerians give the mandate to become the next president among these candidates? Is it going to be President Buhari? Atiku? Or a new face?

Legit.ng is on ground to bring you insightful live updates as Nigerians troop out to cast their votes for their preferred candidates today, Saturday, February 23, 2019.

FOR THE RECORDS: 72,775,502 voters are expected to vote at 119,973 polling units across six geo-political zones.

Voting commences at 8am. Follow our live updates here.

Don’t forget to refresh your browser always for fresh updates.

Important updates from INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released important information ahead of the commencement of the polls:

Identify the ballot boxes

The ballot box for the presidential election is red, the ballot box for the senatorial election is black while the ballot box for the House of Representatives is green.

Update from the polling unit where Peter Obi will be voting

Election materials and ad-hoc staff arrive Umudimakasi Square polling unit where Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will be casting his vote as soon as voting commences.

They arrived at about 7.46am.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Voting materials arrive Jabi/Sarki polling unit

Election materials have arrived the Jabi/ Sarki polling unit in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.

The materials arrived at about 7.30 am on Saturday, February 23, in two Toyota Hiace buses accompanied by two police officers in sedan vehicles.

At the unit, tagged: State 37 FCT; LGA 06 - Municipal; Registration Area, 05 gwarinpa; PU: 014 Jabi Sarki/ Jabi primary school.

Speaking to Legit.ng, a voter Chinedu Udeze said he is impressed with INEC punctuality with distribution of voting materials.

He also said he expects that the early arrival of these materials are replicated in all polling units across Nigeria.

"I was here since 5am this morning because I want to choose the right leader for Nigeria and I encourage every Nigerians to get to their units to vote.

I must commend INEC for their punctuality in distributing these materials, they told us 8am and before 8am they are already here, it is encouraging," Udeze said.

Updates from PHALGA Ward 4, Unit 5-10

Agents of political parties in PHALGA Ward 4, Unit 5-10 awaits electoral materials.

APC agent to Legit.ng: We're going ahead and with the elections whether INEC likes it or not

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Breaking: Buhari and wife have cast their votes

Asked if he will hand over power to the winner if he loses, President Buhari said: "I will congratulate myself because I am going to win."

BREAKING: Dynamite explosions rock parts of Port Harcourt

As residents of Port Harcourt, Rivers state prepares to vote, dynamite explosions have been heard in several parts of the state capital.

Areas affected includes Rumuola and Diobu in the state capital.

Also affected is Abonnema in Asari Toru local government area, the locality of Mr. Tonye Cole, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state.

Legit.ng reporter heard the loud sounds of the explosion from PHLGA ward where he is monitoring the election.

A security source who spoke to Legit.ng under the condition of anonymity, confirmed the explosions, but said no one one was injured.

''Such things are normal around here. They simply drop the dyanmites and run away. It is a tactics they use to scare voters away," he said.

INEC officials, election materials yet to arrive at Sunnyvale Estate PU, Abuja

INEC officials, election materials yet to arrive at Sunnyvale Estate PU, Abuja

Hundreds of voters waiting.

Update from VP Yemi Osinbajo's polling unit in Lagos

Voters waiting for INEC officials despite cloudy weather at Osinbajo's polling unit

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Update from Jabi/Sarki PU 14

At Jabi/Sarki PU 14, a personnel of the NSCDC tells prospective voters to queue up in an alphabetical order with their surnames.

Protesting the instruction, the voters argued that this arrangement should have been made earlier.

A voter told Legit.ng that they had been earlier asked to take numbers.

"When we came here before 8am, they asked us to open our palms for the numbers to be written, which we did. So why are they now bringing in another procedure. We need to get organised in this country," the voter said.

Arrival of INEC officials at the polling unit where Osinbajo will be voting

Arrival of INEC officials at the polling unit where Osinbajo will be voting

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Update from Enugu state

At Umunevo ward II, Enugu North LGA, INEC officials were seen setting up the voting cubicles as voting and accreditation were yet to start. There's however heavy security presence around the polling station.

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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Electorates waiting to be accredited as at 9:05 am at Onu Asata Ward 4, Enugu North LGA.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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As at 9.51 am, INEC officials were yet to arrive at Hill Top ward 12, Enugu North LGA.

Breaking: Peter Obi has cast his vote

Peter Obi, vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cast his vote.

Asked what he thought about election process so far, he said: “The process was clumsy. You all saw how long it took me to cast my vote. I believe we can do better.”

On the arrest of some PDP big wigs, he said: “Yes, I can confirm that some PDP big wigs were harassed, including me.”

Asked if this means trouble for the party, he said: “NO! It means trouble for the country.”

“I am confident that we will win, because the situation of things in Nigeria will make people change.

“And if we don’t win, we shall accept it.”

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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At the Jabi Maje/Jabi primary school PU 015, voters register their disappointment

A voter at the unit, Asamau said she was at first impressed that the voting materials were arrived before 8am.

Asamau said to her dismay from then until 9.10am, voting is yet to commence.

"I was here before 7am, the materials came in very early bit till now there are still sorting things out.

"In fact, they are confused all of them are confused. One minute they tell you to do this the next minute they change the instruction, see how disorganised everything is here," she said poniting to the polling arena.

Just in: Accreditation begins at Jabi/Maje primary school PU15

Just in: Accreditation has started at Jabi/Maje primary school PU15

While there seems to be confusion with the process in Maje, Jabiarea of Abuja, Abraham Duadu, the village head Zhilu community Maje, who had early tried the process of accreditation said it is important that some errors experienced are corrected by INEC.

Daudu said: "All we planned to do today is vote and wait for our votes to be counted. And that what we will do."

The process needs to be corrected and we will be patient even if it will take 10 hours," Daudu said.

Actress Omoni Oboli on election duty

Actress Omoni Oboli registering residents of VGC

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubajar arrives polling unit

Atiku arrives polling unit in Adamawa, getting ready to vote. He is in company of his wife Titi Atiku-Abubakar.

The PDP presidential candidate and his wife have cast their votes.

Enugu governor casts his vote

Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu state just voted in his polling unit. The governor voted by 10am at Orba ward II in Udenu local government area.

Life Camp III/GSS, LIFE camp; PU: 004 relatively calm as voting process goes on

A middle aged voter, Soji told Legit.ng that why the voting process seems better than what was obtained in 2015, he believes more could be done.

Soho said: "The process was smooth but I have an observation; you see when you get accredited over there, you will need to go back to join a different queue there to cast your vote.

"Now see the problem, someone who isn't accredited can just get this one on his finger by himself and join the queue to vote. That little glitch I think could allow some criminals violate the process.:

Update from Osinbajo's polling unit

Party agents at Osinbajo's ward verifying materials

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Update from Kwara state

Senate president Bukola Saraki has arrived his polling unit in Ilorin to cast his vote.

Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Ogun state, has voted

Former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has voted at Isote Ward 12 in Sagamu. He said he was accredited manually as card reader failed to work.

Update from Festus Keyamo, Buhari campaign spokesperson

Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson of the Buhari campaign giving updates concerning developments in his polling unit.

Update from Bayelsa state: Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has voted

Former president Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Patience Jonathan have just cast their votes in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.

Update from Benue state: Governor Orom has voted

Governor Ortom of Benue State has just voted at his polling unit in Gbajimba.

The governor who voted alongside his wife, Eunice, expressed confidence in the process but lamented the arrest of the state agent by security forces in the early hours of the day.

Update from Rivers state: Transport minister and his wife arrive polling unit

Minister of Transport and DG of Buhari/Osinbajo presidential campaign, Rotimi Amaechi and his wife, Dame Judith, arrive his polling unit in Ubima to cast his vote.

"I can't see APC here," Amaechi complains to INEC official over omission of APC candidates for senatorial and House of Reps elections

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Voting begins at VP Osinbajo's ward

Voting has finally started at VP Osinbajo's polling unit.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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VP Osinbajo already on queue to vote

VP Osinbajo and his wife already on queue to vote.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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VP Osinbajo voting:

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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EU, Commonwealth observers arrive Abuja polling unit

A team of observers from the European Union Observation Monitoring group and the Commonwealth group have said that a final report on the 2019 election process will be made available on Monday, February 25.

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

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

Encouraging Nigerians to shun violence all through the process, Arena said the key to deciding the future of the country lies with the people.

Arena said: "We will have a final report on the election on February 25.

"We will have all the information ready, but now we are collating information and we don't want to give our impressions now.

"What is important is that we have this elections today, it is important that for Nigerian people. We have seen a lot of Nigerian people being happy to be here and to vote and this is really important.

"And we have to give this message to Nigerian people to go and vote for the future."

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Update from Lagos: Lagos state governor Ambode and his wife vote

Governor Akinwumi Ambode and wife vote in Epe, Lagos

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu votes

The deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu voted at Amalli Ward 1, Aninri LGA, Enugu state at 10.15am.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

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Osinbajo speaks after casting his vote

We are very confident we will return for a second term - VP Yemi Osinbajo

Legit.ng spoke to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo minutes after he voted at his VGC polling unit.

He expressed his confidence that the APC led government will return for a second term.

“We are very very confident indeed. We have gone round the country and spoken to the nation about the need for us to continue in the path we have set, a path to growth and development for the nation, and we believe we deserve a second term in order to be able to complete all that we have started," he said.

Going further, he told Legit.ng’s Abisola Alawode that the nation will be better with President Buhari’s leadership.

He added: “We’ve also said that this country in the next four years by the grace of God and with the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will be a completely changed nation; a nation of peace and progress.”

Update from Enugu state

Senator Chukwuka Utazi voting at his polling unit at Hilltop Primary School, Nkporogwu, Uzo Uwani, LGA, Enugu state.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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BREAKING: Gunshots rock Amaechi's hometown in Rivers

Legit.ng can authoritatively report that there are gunshots in Polling Unit 14, Ward 8 in Ubima, Rivers state.

Ubima is the hometown of Nigeria's minister of transport and director-general of the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential campaign, Rotimi Amaechi.

Legit.ng's reporter in Ubima confirmed that the gunshots could be heard from Amaechi's polling unit in the area.

A Federal Road Safety Corps personnel in the area also sent out an SOS message to her colleagues on phone calling for security reinforcements.

Soldiers have been deployed to the area to restore calm.

Reacting to the news, Amaechi said: "I am just hearing this. But you see, this is what they are trying to do to scare the voters away.

He said: "They know Ubima is the stronghold of the APC. This place is 100% APC so his plan is to cause confusion."

Update from Lagos: Card readers malfunction after VP Osinbajo voted

Minutes after VP Osinbajo voted, the card readers deployed to his polling unit malfunctioned preventing other voters including ANN presidential candidate Fela Durotoye from voting.

After some minutes and frantic phone calls from the INEC officials on ground, Fela Durotoye and other voters were finally able to cast their vote. Out of five machines, just one was able to work as at the time of this update.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Andy Uba speaks after voting

Senator Andy Uba has expressed optimism in his ability to win the senatorial seat at the ongoing presidential, National Assembly elections.

Uba, the APC senatorial candidate from Anambra South, told Legit.ng after casting his vote this morning, that he believes he has done enough to win the votes of his people.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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The soft spoken politician who cast his vote at his Okwute Hall 1 polling unit, Uga Ward 1 in Aguata local government Area of Anambra state, also appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the duration for the voting exercise.

“I believe, as you can see, that everything is going on peacefully here, and that’s how the reports have been across the state so far,” he began.

On whether he will come out victorious in the polls or not, Senator Uba exuded confidence about his and President Buhari’s chances of coming out tops when the results are made public.

He said: “I will win, I am certain about this because we have done enough to earn our people’s mandate.

“President Buhari will also win, that is one thing I am certain about.”

Fela Durotoye, ANN's presidential candidate votes

After card reader glitches, the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) has finally cast his vote.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

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Confusion as voters reject 'pre-used' card readers, ballot papers in Abuja

There was confusion at the Aya Polling Unit 010 as voters at the unit rejected an already used card readers and ballot papers brought in by officials.

Trouble started at the unit when the voters who had waited at the PU010 saw the officials arrive at the unit with used election materials and a crowd of voters from an 'illegal' unit.

Legit.ng gathered that the officials had mistakenly set up the voting materials at Total filling station, Area 11 junction close to the Force headquarters before they were informed that it was a wrong unit.

They were later moved to AYA roundabout - the authentic unit foe PU010.

Speaking on the crisis, one of the voters, Chidinma Ibezim, who cast her vote at Force Headquarters area said herself and other voters were at the unit as early as possible before casting their votes.

Commenting angrily at the process, Ibezim said she believed the confusion arose because there used to be a Total fuel station at the AYA which is no longer in existence.

"It's not true, the voting there was not done manually, the card readers was used for me and others there," Ibezim said.

"We had just voted before one woman came and said this is not the right place.

"She now asked the youth corps members go leave the place with the materials, when we got to this place, they started harassing us that we came with already used ballot papers and card readers.

"They want to indict the NYSC members working for INEC on this election but it's not true, look at my PVC here."

Lamenting the need to queue in line for a fresh accreditation, Ibezim said she would rather go home than stand in line again.

However, addressing the issue, the Resident Electoral Commission for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Yahaya Bello, said voting that occurred at the previous unit have been cancelled.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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Bello invalidating the voting said process was done illegally and will have to be conducted again for validation sake.

He further urged the voters to queue up for a fresh accreditation and voting process.

Bello said when he inquired of any party agent was available at the unit, the polling officials responded in the negative.

"I asked if there were any security agents at the unit and they said, No. That was one of their mistakes as the Commison of police has ensured that at least a DPO is stationed at every polling across the FCT," Bello said.

He also said that when he checked the card readers to ascertain the number of votes already cast, he discovered they were done manually.

"The election was carried out in wrong place and the only security present were the ones that escorted them from the REC centre," he noted.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo votes

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has voted. He voted at his Ward 11 unit 22, within Olusomi compound, Abeokuta, in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun state.

Update from Borno state: Governor Kashim Shettima has cast his vote

Governor Kashim Shettima has cast his vote in today's Presidential and National Assembly elections.

He voted at Lamisula Ward, Maiduguri.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
Source: UGC

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
Source: UGC

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
Source: UGC

INEC extends voting hours across Nigeria

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday, February 23, announced that it would be extending voting time in various polling units where voting did not start at the appropriate time.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, national commissioner in charge of information and voter education committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the time of voting will be extended by hours lost before accreditation and voting.

APC national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu votes

The national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has voted.

APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole speaks after voting

Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC said on Saturday, February 23, said that the turnout of voters was impressive in spite of the postponement of the election date by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He commended INEC after he cast his vote at about 11:55am at his Ward 10, Unit 1 at Iyamho in Etsako West local government area of Edo state, observing that the turnout was massive compared to previous elections in the country.

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election
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