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The 2015 Nigerian general election will be the 5th quadrennial election to be held since the end of military rule in 1999. Millions of voters would choose from presidential candidates and hundreds of National Assembly candidates. Fourteen parties and presidential candidates are currently gunning for presidency. In the elections build-up, General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) of the All Progressives Congress and the incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) of the Peoples Democratic Party have emerged clearly as the top contenders for the office of the president.
Although the APC candidate came tops in most of the polls conducted in the run-up to the elections, analysts say the race is tight and a winner is difficult to tell before the votes are counted.
As the elections are underway across the country, Follow buzznigeria.com for the latest updates from across the country.
20:00 As we round-off for today, we bring you a report that suspected Boko Haram gunmen have beheaded 23 people and set some homes in Buratai, northeast Nigeria on fire. But no, it did not happen today, it happened on the eve of elections.
From all of us here, it’s goodnight. Voting continues tomorrow in areas that didn’t vote today, stay safe and God bless Nigeria!
19:49 There is heavy downpour in some parts of Lagos. This has not deterred the highly motivated voters as they defy the rains to vote for their leader in the next four years.
19:40 Serious business as counting goes on in darkness in the city of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
19:05 Villagers from the six villages in Oru-East Local Government which include Awo-Ommama, Akuma, Amagu, Akatta, Amiri and Omuma are burning buses, polling units and anything that has INEC on it, According to the reports, four corps members were injured. More updates on that…
18:58 Premium Times reports that electoral materials have being snatched in an area of south-eastern Ebonyi State after the hoodlums scared the voters and electoral officials by firing sporadically in the air.
18:50 Earlier in Ikirun, Osun State, a graduate of The Polytechnic, Ire was reportedly killed as the supporters of the PDP and the APC clashed.
18:31 In Rivers State, a soldier and two others has been reportedly killed as election in the states turns into a blood bath.
18:02 “Don’t fold your ballot like this or the ink might smudge and you’ll end up voting for someone else,” says INEC official Hamza Umar.
17:45 Voters standby awaiting accreditation while others vote in Garki Area 11, Abuja
17:22 INEC extends accreditation, voting to tomorrow, 29th March, 2015, says movement restrictions still holds across the country. So no worries if you didn’t get the chance to vote today.
17:01 Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has voted at a polling station in Daura, Katsina state.
16:30 According to Vanguard, two prominent PDP cheiftains, Baraka Sani and Senator Basheer Lado escaped being lynched to death by an angry mob at Jigiriya polling unit in Kano State.
16:16 According to the BBC, Voting has started at about 75% of polling stations in the country.
16:07 INEC has directed its officials in Cross River to stop the use of card readers due to several complaints across the state on the card readers.
16:00 Aliko Dangote at his polling unit to cast his vote. Speaks a lot about the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
15:50 Patriotic Nigerians. Voters patiently waiting for their turn at a polling unit in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. An umbrella would have been better…
15:41 Earlier, the APC called for the extension of the accreditation time for more eligible voters to be accredited, and now the President also has urged Nigerian to be patient with INEC in today’s election.