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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.
He went further to refute comments that the card readers were only failing in PDP states. Speaking to journalists he said,
“I don’t think the issue of card readers is limited to my LGA, to Bayelsa state. It’s nationwide issue. When the card readers are not working, definitely we’ll take manual option.
“I don’t think it’s limited to PDP-controlled state.”
15:17 Words of wisdom on the wall…wise move!
14:50 President Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Patience casts their votes. One of many in his favor, they would hope.
14:41 A man has been arrested in Ebonyi State for distributing stolen PVCs. The man identified as Ozoemena Odenta was arrested in Ekawoke ward in Ikwo local government area.
14:31 Olusegun Obasanjo has concluded his civic responsibility.
14:25 The chairman PDP Taraba state chapter Hon. Victor Bala Kona and 700 others were denied participation in the Presidential and National Assembly election for not having their names on the voters register even though they were with their PVCs.
14:03 Would this be the oldest voter in the Nigeria 2015 elections? Elderly woman arrives Gen Buhari’s home town in Daura to cast her vote.
14:00 In case you missed it. Bomb explosions rocked Anambra and Enugu states of Nigeria. According to the Vanguard, the incident in Awka reportedly took place at Atom a polling unit at Umuokpara Primary School, while the incident in Enugu took place at the WTC primary school polling station in Enugu North local government area. At both incidents, no lives were lost.
13:40 Wow! It’s back! INEC’s website is back online.
13:30 INEC confirm cyber attack, says investigation is currently underway.
13:25 Life lost already. A female ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue state on election duty to Oju Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Saturday lost her life in a bike accident on her way to her duty post. May her soul RIP.
13:10 Card readers again. Plateau state Governor Jonah Jang and his wife Talatu have been denied accreditation. The politician commented: “I am disappointed in the process, since the card reader can reject the number one citizen of the state.”
13:00 Former militant, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has failed the voter’s accreditation process as his Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) was rejected by card reader at Bakana in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.
12:30 The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Jigawa State, Alhaji Halliru Aliyu Tambuwal has announced the suspension of the conduct of election into the eleven federal constituencies in the state which include Dutse/Kiyawa, Ringim/ Taura, HadeJia/Kafin Hausa/Auyo, Jahun Miga, Gumel/Maigatari/Sule tankarkar/ Gagarawa, Kaugama/Malam-madori, Gwaram, Babura/Garki, Birnin Kudu /Buji, Birniwa/ Guri/Kirikasamma and Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/’Yankwashi federal constituencies.
The suspension, according to Tambuwal, is due to the non availability of sufficient voting materials
12:10 Voters in Kano metropolis have been confronted with failing card readers as they trooped out to cast their votes.
11:50 INEC website hacked
11:45 Jonathan addresses people for the second time, after having been accredited without the card reader
11:25 Former president Olusegun Obasanjo gets accredited at Ward 11, Unit 22 Totoro/Sokori, Abeokuta North.
10:50 All observers are being chased away by agents of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from a polling station in southern Akwa Ibom state, according to Lazarus Apir, the spokesman of the Transitional Monitoring Group, the largest observer group in Nigeria.
Similar incidents are being reported in two other southern states: Youths chased away observers in Delta and observers were threatened by a PDP member in Cross Rivers, (BBC)
10: 15 The President was unable to register or get accredited, – he left and came back to the polling station at his home village in Otuoke, but the card reader has failed again to electronically register him, he has now been manually accredited as a voter
9:55 Another explosion is said to have taken place in Anambra state. Fortunately, no casualties. The details are not clear yet
9:37 It appears that the President is still unable to complete registration
9:25 The President and the wife Patience Jonathan are being accredited in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.
9:15 Channels Television is reporting that there has been a bomb blast at a polling station in Enugu state, in south-eastern Nigeria. However, no casualty was recorded. According to the news, the experts dismantled the second bomb which was timed to explode during the voting and detonated it at 8:45
8:45 Muhammadu Buhari, and his wife Aisha have been accredited in his hometown Daura, Katsina state.
8:20 The president has arrived in his home village to register, the BBC team there says.
8:00 Awesome! There’s a new Google Doodle of the day as Nigeria goes to the polls for the 2015 Presidential Nigerian elections.
7:45 The APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha this morning carried out their accreditation at their polling unit at Kofar Baru 3, Daura local government area of Kastina State
7:43 @AriyoAristotle shares: “On Election Duty in Lagos. I can tell you that the security is very tight.”
— #GODBlessNigeria (@AriyoAristotle) March 28, 2015
7:30 Security agencies have embarked on various measures to ensure safe polls in the 36 states.
7:05 Several number of people are queuing in the northern Kano city ahead of the polls opening. According to BBC, the Electoral materials have also arrived at a central polling centre before their distribution to polling stations.
6:59 Toady, Nigerians vote in their fifth presidential and national assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999. The 2015 Presidential election is already causing internet buzz all over social media as users tweet, share and pin just as they arrive at the polling units this early morning. All over the country, both Christians and Muslims are praying for peaceful polls. The elections are being monitored by a large number of international observers, including those from the Common wealth of which Nigeria is a member, The United Nations as well as African Union, to ensure a free and fair contest.