Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Kano - Voting has
commenced in parts of Kano and Kaduna States for the presidential and national
assembly elections holding on Saturday.
In Kano, Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso expressed satisfaction with
the turnout of voters and arrangements made by INEC for the polls.
The governor made the remark shortly after he cast his vote
at Kwankwaso Malamai Primary school, Tandu ward in Madobi Local Government Area
of the state.
Kwankwanso specifically commended the electorate for their
peaceful conduct during the accreditation and urged them to maintain the tempo
in subsequent elections.
He said despite the challenges posed to the electorate by
the introduction of the card reader, it would make the election credible and
acceptable to all Nigerians.
The governor, therefore, called on voters to be patient with
the hitches caused by the machine, to enable them exercise their constitutional
Kwankwaso expressed optimism that APC would get 80 per cent
of the total votes cast in the state.
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He called on the people of the state to be law abiding in
order to sustain peaceful coexistence in the state.
The Governor cast his vote in company of
his wife, Hajiya Salamatu.
In Kaduna, voting has also commenced by 1:30pm in all
polling stations where the accreditation commenced on time.
Reports from Sabo, Angwan Boro, Narayi, Tudun Wada indicated
that the voters had formed long queues as they take turn to vote.
In Birnin Gwari, the Emir, Malam Zubairu Jubril was among
the first to vote as the electorate exercise their franchise.
Meanwhile, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, the All Progressive
Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in Kaduna State, has urged INEC to
investigate the causes of delayed arrival of materials and eletoral officers in
He said this was necessary to prevent a reoccurrance in the
He said the late arrival of materials and election officials
to polling centres was a dent in the efforts of the electoral umpire to ensure
El-Rufai who spoke to newsmen shortly after his
accreditation in Kaduna, noted that the situation would be bad in rural areas.
The APC candidate, however, commended the electoral umpire
for insisting on the use of card reader machines.
"It didn't take two minutes for the card reader to
take my finger print, but what didn't go well is why the accreditation should
start two and half hour late, I am disappointed.''
The governorship candidate expressed the hope that the
elections would be free, fair and credible.
In a related development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
governorship candidate in Kebbi, Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello, said the hitches
encountered with the card reader machines were "envisaged''.
Bello and his wife, Asama'u, were
accredited at the Gesse polling unit in Birnin Kebbi.
He commended the prompt option adopted by INEC, and also
appreciated efforts of security agencies to ensure peaceful polls.
Bello advised voters to shun sentiments and elect people of