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9:38 PM - Bwari council polls inconclusive – Returning Officer
Bwari Council Elections Returning Officer, Prof. Wesley Nafarda, has declared the elections in the council inconclusive due to some hitches at some polling units.
Nafarda said this during the collation of results at Bwari on Sunday.
He added that results in 17 polling units, including all the 12 units at Kawu Ward, were canceled.
9:30 AM - INEC declares Kuje Area Council elections inconclusive
INEC has declared the Kuje Area Council chairmanship and councillorship elections inconclusive.
INEC’s Returning Officer for the council, Zainab Gbefwi, told newsmen that the election was declared inconclusive due to electoral violence in Rubochi.
Gbefwi said that because of the violence, the elections in Rubochi ward and some polling units in Kwaku and Kabi where card readers were not fully used had to be cancelled.
7:30 AM - Soldiers arrest Nasarawa woman for snatching ballot papers
There was confusion at Polling Unit 026, Gayam Ward, Lafia in Nasarawa State on Saturday after a woman, suspected to be a political thug snatched ballot papers from electoral officials and ran away.
The woman arrived at about 1pm with thugs said to be loyal to one of the parties and grabbed the ballot papers from the National Youth Service Corps members at the unit and ran away.
10:20 PM - David Mark loses polling unit
A former Senate President, David Mark on Saturday lost his polling unit during the governorship election.
Mark, a chieftain of the Peoples Democartic Party was defeated at his VIP Otukpo club polling unit as PDP garnered 117 votes while the All Progressives Congress polled 216.
7:50 PM - Nigerian Army arrests four in Lagos
Operatives of the Nigerian Army on Saturday arrested four persons for electoral offences in Lagos.
The suspects who were arrested at different locations within Ikeja, Mushin and Oshodi, were said to have conducted themselves in ways capable of disrupting the electoral process.
It was gathered that one of the suspect was held at Onigbongbo while fighting at a polling unit by operatives of the 9 Brigade, while a soldier and one civilian were arrested at Mushin for breaching movement restriction order
6:55 PM - The Action Democratic Party Oyo central senatorial candidate, Temitope Olatoye has been shot.
One of his aides revealed that he was shot in the face and has been rushed to the Accident and Emergency centre in University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan.
6:40 PM - APM wins Obasanjo's polling unit
Governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement in Ogun State, Mr. Abdulkabir Akinlade won in the polling unit 22, Ward 11 where ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo cast his vote.
The result is as follows:
6:30 PM -Political thugs attack Nollywood star and politician, Desmond Elliot
Suspected hoodlums on Saturday shot sporadically as they attacked the vehicle of Desmond Elliot, a Lagos House of Assembly candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The incident happened at about 3:00 p.m. at Akerele junction in the Surulere part of the Lagos where Mr Elliot currently represents in the assembly.
The attack is said to have been perpetrated by street boys who wanted the famous actor to stop and give them money. But the lawmaker decided to keep going. His vehicle was attacked and the windshield broken.
Supporters of Mr Elliot at a nearby polling unit, PU20, Ward 7, Surulere, quickly called in reinforcement to rescue the lawmaker.
5: 30 PM - Saraki wins polling unit for PDP
Senate President Bukola Saraki has won his polling unit (006), Ajikobi Ward, Ilorin West Local Government Area, for the Peoples Democratic Party.
For the governorship election, the PDP polled 253 votes while the All Progressives Congress polled 125 votes.
In the state House of Assembly election, the PDP got 257 votes while the APC had 118 votes.
The All Progressives Congress has won the governorship election in President Muhammadu Buhari's unit in Katsina State.
Buhari's Unit 003 is in Sarkin Yara A Ward in Daura Local Government Area of the State.
The APC, whose candidate is Governor Aminu Masari, polled 370 votes.
He defeated his closest rival, Senator Yakubu Lado-Danmarke of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 42 votes in scores tabulated by the Presiding Officer, Mr Aliyu Abdullahi.
5:10 PM - APC wins gov election at Osinbajo's polling unit
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, emerged victorious at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo's polling unit in Victoria Garden City, Lekki.
The APC scored 223 votes as against the 175 votes polled by the Peoples Democratic Party's Jimi Agbaje. The counting of the votes was concluded around 4:20pm
The ruling party lost to the PDP by a wide margin during the presidential election two weeks ago.
4:50 PM - Bauchi governor loses polling unit to PDP
Governor Muhammed Abubakar of APC has lost his polling unit to Bala Mohammed of PDP.
The governorship result is as follows:
Invalid votes 59
Announcing the outcome of the election in the governor’s Gindin Durumi polling unit of Bauchi metropolis was the Presiding Officer, Mr. Chinedu Onora.
3:53 PM - Oyo residents fight over N200 gift
There was rancor among some women in Ward 009, PU 010, Ibadan south-east LGA after Adebayo Adelabu, APC governorship aspirant in the state, gave a gift to the group and some failed to get their N200 share of the gift
3:33 PM - APM defeats APC in Governor Amosun's polling unit
Ward 6 PU 008, Ita-Gbangba, Itoko, Abeokuta south LGA where Ibikunle Amosun, governor of the state, voted
3:30 PM - SANWO-OLU WINS HIS POLLING UNIT
APC governorship candidate in Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu sweeps at his polling unit in Lateef Jakande/Femi Okunnu Ward 019, Ikoyi.
Governorship election result
APC: 124 votes
PDP: 26 votes
3:15 PM - Lagos PDP deputy governorship candidate, Busari loses polling unit to APC
Deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos State, Mrs. Haleemat Busari, lost her polling unit, Adekunle Unit 21 Ward D.
PDP - 23
APC - 90
For the House of Assembly:
PDP - 21
APC - 88
2:59 PM - Early results are starting to roll in, bookmark this page and keep refreshing for fresh updates
2:39 PM - Sorting and counting of votes is underway in many polling units nationwide
2:34 PM - Sorting has commenced at polling unit 018, Kasuwa Dare junction, Garba Dawo ward, Jos north LGA
2:31 PM - Massive underage voting reported in Bauchi state
Time: 11.46am— Situation Room (@SituationRoomNg) March 9, 2019
PU: UNGUWAR NASARAWA, NASARAWA II - 007
Massive underage voting going on in the PU with the active collusion of @inecnigeria officials & security personnel.#SR2019Elections #NigeriaDecides2019 #SRObserves2019 pic.twitter.com/8iUELQRrAG
2:21 PM - Ballot boxes snatched in Kogi state
Voters at Adankolo community Lokoja scampered for safety after hoodlums shot in the air sporadically and made away with ballot boxes and papers. The five polling units at St Luke Primary school were affected.
2:15 PM - Political thugs flex muscles in Akwa Ibom
More polling units are being invaded by suspected political thugs as the end of voting draws nearer. In PU 6, ward 3, Oruk Anam LGA, hoodlums are said to have carted away ballot boxes. There are also reported cases of thuggery and intimidation of voters across wards 3, 5 and 12, also within the LGA. In Ikot Asianga unit, Mbon Ebre, ward 7, armed thugs are reported to have also made away with election materials.
2:11 PM - Man arrested for suspected ballot box snatching by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ode Afanda, Pakata Road, Ilorin West Local Government Area, Kwara State.
1:55 PM - In Ogun state, Adekunle akinlade the governorship candidate of APM casting vote alongside wife
1:46 PM - Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, casting his at his polling unit 20 Commercial Grammar School Oluyole Estate, Ward 11, Ibadan South West
1:41 PM - INEC ad hoc staff in Lagos protest non-payment of allowance
Gubernatorial and House of Assembly Election is presently not going on at any polling unit at Ogudu/ojota, Kosofe, Lagos due to the refusal of ad hoc staff to work.
Present at the RAC center located at Ogudu Primary School, Ogudu/Ojota are INEC ad-hoc staff and security personnel. While many have taken different sleeping positions, some are sitting and discussing, while many are idle and whiling away time.
Part of the issues that led to the shutdown of electoral process is the non-payment of money to the ad hoc staff, an alleged missing of ballot papers in the RAC Center and other issues.
In the bid to hear from an INEC staff on what the issues are, she stated that update will be given soon.
However, more security personnel have arrived alongside INEC officials, they have presently converged in a classroom, deliberating.
1:37 PM -Vote buying in Gawuna Ward, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
1:31 PM - Some persons alleged to be agents of the APC have been caught with cash in Akure. it was gathered that the incident happened at Adu Memorial unit, ward 8, in the state capital.
1:27 PM - Governor Rotimi Akeredoku of Ondo State while casting his vote at ward 5, Unit 6, Ijebu Owo, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo
1:03 PM - Adebayo Adelabu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), casts his vote at PU 10 Ward 009, Oke Odo in Ibadan South-East LG
1:00 PM - We want elections everyday - Ogun state food vendors
These are happy times for food vendors in Iperu, in the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, as they claimed to be making good sales because of the elections.
As of 12 noon, some of those who spoke to our source said they were almost through with sales.
"Today's sale is unbelievable. I am almost done with selling. We are making good money. I have made close to N40,000 already. We want elections everyday," Fatimo Ademola, a rice vendor, said. The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun, is still being awaited at the ward.
12:52 PM - Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, casts his vote at ward 8, PU14, Ubima community, Ikwerre LGA.
12:40PM - Atiku votes in Adamawa
Atiku Abubakar after casting his vote at Ajiya ward 012, Yola North, Adamawa State during the governorship and House of Assembly election in Saturday.
12:30 PM -Polling Unit 002, Humtudi ward, Maiha local government area of Adamawa State. Party agents of APC and PDP fought physically until security personnel intervened.
12:13 PM - Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State arrives to cast his vote at PU 003 in Taikung, Kurungbou Ward 007, Ajikamai, Shendam LGA
12:03 PM - Jimi Agbaje casts his vote.
Jimi Agbaje, the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos state just voted at polling unit; PU 004, Ward A, Hinderea Road, Liverpool, Apapa, Lagos West after casting his vote alongside his wife.
Mr Agbaje was only able to vote after several attempts with the card reader, his fingerprint was identified.
Mr Agbaje told journalists that low turnout during election should be a concern to all those that want to advance democracy because the citizens must be part and parcel of democratic process.
"When you don't have a good turn-out, there are many factors that could account for it. In the case of Lagos today, it could be as a result of what happened in the last election in terms of intimidation, thuggery, ballot box snatching, violence, that could have affected it," he said.
"But there are deeper issues, if the people do not believe in the process, then they ask themselves why bother. It's a chicken and egg situation and we must continue to appeal to the people that they must believe in the process and exercise their rights.".
When asked about his chances of winning the election, Mr Agbaje said "I have no doubt about that, all I need is that there is no violence, ballot box snatching, ballot papers burning and we do not have the kind of intimidation that we had in last election. The numbers are on our side and we have no cause to fear."
11:56 AM - Senate President Bukola Saraki casts his vote at Ajikobi Ward, Unit 0
11:50 AM - Ahmed Umar Fintiri, PDP governorship candidate in Adamawa State, has just voted at his Gulak IDP camp polling unit in Madagali Local Government.
11:43 AM - EFCC operatives intercept bags of cash meant for vote-buying
______________________________________________________________________________#Polls At North Bank Area, Makurdi, Benue State, EFCC operatives intercept bags of cash meant for vote-buying. In an attempt to arrest the culprit, some thugs attacked operatives and vandalised the bus used for patrol. #SayNoToVoteBuying pic.twitter.com/LhalUk2RZq— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) March 9, 2019
11:33 AM - Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun votes at Ita-Gbangba, Ward 6, Unit 8, Abeokuta South LG, Ogun State.
11:26 AM - Hoodlums fight for Gbenga Daniel's cash gift
Fight started after the Director General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, South, Gbenga Daniel, voted at his polling unit.
He had given some residents, who milled around his car, some money when some of them started exchanging blows.
11:23 AM - Polling unit 017 mayoguli ward maiha local government area Adamawa state voting in progress situation calm and orderly
11:15 AM - APC governorship candidate for Lagos state, Babajide Sanwolu casts his vote at polling unit 019, Ikoyi, Etiosa local government, Lagos state.
11:11 AM - VOTER APATHY
Very low turnout of voters at PU 029, Kigo Road, Kaduna North LGA. A voter, Donatus Eze, said people did not turn out because their votes didn't count during the February 23 elections.
11:08 AM - No voting in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos state - INEC officials protest unpaid allowances
11:06 AM - Vote buyers nabbed in Sokoto
DSS operatives have arrested some people for buying votes in PU010, Gagi B, Sokoto South LGA
11:03 AM - Vice President, Yemi Osinabjo, and his wife, Dolapo, arrive at their polling unit at VGC, Lekki.
10:59 AM - Abak Ward 3, Unit 5, Abak local government, Akwa Ibom.
The two card readers not working. One was detecting another polling unit. The RAC technician could only fix one card reader
And at Unit 6, Ward 9, Udung Inyang Village hall.Mbo LGA: Akwa Ibom. Voting is still yet to commence. No ink and several efforts to get new ink have been futile.
10:58 AM - Former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola votes
PU002, Ward 09, State grammar school, Eric Moore Surulere LGA, Lagos. BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA just casted His vote
10:56 AM - Imo state governorship candidate of the AA boasts - 'I will surely defeat my opponent'
The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance in Imo state, Uche Nwosu has expressed optimism that he would emerge victorious in Saturday's governorship election in the state.
Nwosu, who voted alongside his wife at 09:30 a.m. at polling unit 004 in Eziama Obire in the Nkwerre LGA of the state, said that he was happy with the voting process.
10:48 AM - No INEC official at Tinubu's polling unit
Prospective voters are stranded at the polling unit of Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a result of the absence of electoral officials.
As at the time of this report, not a single ballot had been cast at unit 047, ward 3, Ikeja local government area of Lagos where the APC leader usually votes.
10:47 AM - OGUN STATE
Ward 3,PU 03 (iperu 1) IKENNE L/G ,Ogun EAST Senatorial district,Ogun state.
This is the polling unit of Dapo Abiodun, the ogun state All Progressives Congress governorship candidate,Voting and registration have commenced as voters are keenly waiting to cast their votes.
Also,International observers are available at the polling unit to observe the election, as we await the Governorship Candidate.
10:43 AM - Underage voters flaunt their PVC's
Suspected underage voters spotted at PU 015, ward 04, Shendam LGA.
10:39 AM - Operatives of the EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office, Kwara State arrest Abdulkareem Abdulsalem for sharing money to voters on election day at Unit 7, Kwara State College of Education.
#Polls Operatives of the EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office, Kwara State arrest Abdulkareem Abdulsalem for sharing money to voters on election day at Unit 7, Kwara State College of Education. #SayNoToVoteBuying pic.twitter.com/u74PVzzaEo— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) March 9, 2019
10:34 AM - Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode arrives at ward A5, unit 33, Epe, alongside his wife, Bolanle, to cast his vote.
10:29 AM - INEC provides hotlines for electorate to call
The Independent National Electoral Commission has provided some phone numbers that members of the public could call in case of any eventuality.
These are the numbers: Hotlines: 0700-CALL-INEC (0700-2255-4632), 09050858629, 09050858675, 09050858649, 08180958715, 08180958717, 08180958709,
09025038466, 07086945927, 08120183063, 07062896047, 08105119010, 08146697603,
10:13 AM - Obasanjo votes
At ward 11, Unit 22, Abeokuta North LG, Ogun State. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo just cssted his vote
10:06 AM - PU 30 Ward 9 Eti Osa LGA, Voting has commenced but card reader is not being used because according to the PO, the date is all wrong and it has not been configured. They are currently using manual accreditation. Party agents are also on ground with one police officer and one NSCDC officer
10:05 AM - Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his wife, Rasheedat at their Agassa polling unit.
10:00 AM - At PU2, ward 11, Itak, Ikono LGA, the PDP are holding voters and journalists to ransom. Some youths threatened to beat and seize the phone of any journalist caught taking unauthorised shots while thugs are harassing any stakeholder that questions the process
9:52 AM - INEC office burnt in Ebonyi
The police have confirmed the burning of INEC's registration area centre (RAC) in Ezza North LGA , Ebonyi by suspected hoodlums.
9:50 AM - Junction, Ikeja LGA, PU 24/11/01/005.
The INEC staff just arrived and are still preparing to start. An APO1said that there they had a delay in payment, that's why they came late. There are two policemen on sight.
9:44 AM - Voters waiting to exercise their franchise after a reported card reader failure at polling unit 006, Narakuta B ward in Jos north.
9:40 AM - 85-year-old Aminatu Olorunmbe casting her votes at Ward 12, Isote, Sagamu.
9:35 AM - A visually impaired voter, Hamzat Kamarudeen, after casting his vote at State Senior Grammar School (Special) on Itolo Street, Surulere
9:35 AM - INEC's message to voters
9:24 AM - President Buhari votes in Daura, Katsina
President Muhammadu Buhari has cast his vote in his home town Daura in Katsina state.
The president arrived his polling unit at about 8 am in the company of his wife, Aisha.
Responding to questions from journalists, the president said he was not surprised that his victory at the February 23 election is being challenged.
On the fears of possible violence during the governorship elections, Mr Buhari said he was leaving it to the security agencies to tackle.
9:19 AM - PU 15 Ward 8, Obio Akpor LGA of Rivers State.
Voting exercise is ongoing smoothly, though the turnout, at the time of observation, is very low. The PO says there has not been any problem and that card reader is working well.
9:16 AM - Voting has started in Ibadan South West, ward 2, PU 013
9:12 AM - In Akwa Ibom...
Ward 6 Unit 001 Voting Point C, Uyo LGA, Akwa Ibom: Mild disruption has occurred as voters resists another voter who was moving along the voting queue canvassing votes for the PDP. One woman particularly resists him vehemently and raises alarm.
9:06 AM - Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State in the queue to cast his vote at his polling unit , 024 Ungwan Sarki, Kaduna
8:56 AM - Voting begins in Saraki's polling unit
Voting has commenced at PU005, Ajikobi ward 2, Ilorin, this is the polling unit of senate president, Bukola Saraki
8:56 AM - In Sokoto state...
Voters are upset as the card reader is not working at PU008, Magagingirin, Sokoto north LGA
8:40 AM - Voting begins at Ward 14 Unit 7, Sagamu, Ogun State.
8:30 AM - Voting commences at Ward 9, Unit 07, Onireke, Ibadan North LGA, Oyo State
6:30 AM - Kind reminder from INEC - Getting the highest number of votes in a state is not enough to declare a governorship candidate winner
To be declared winner, a governorship candidate must not only get the highest number of votes, he must also win at least one quarter of total votes cast in two-thirds of all the local government areas in the state.
This is contained in the guidelines for the governorship election posted by INEC on its website. The commission said the collation officer for a state can only return as winner, any candidate who “(i) has the majority of votes cast at the election; (and) (ii) has not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the LGAs in the state.”
The guidelines stated that “Where no candidate meets the requirements of the majority of votes cast and the electoral two-thirds, as provided in 41b (i) and (ii) above, a run-off election will be organised by the commission within 21 days in line with the provisions of Section 179 (2) to (5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.”_______________________________________________________________________________
In case of cancelled votes, the guidelines stated that the returning officer should not declare any candidate winner if the margin between the two leading candidates is less than the number of registered voters at the polling unit or units where votes were cancelled or did not hold at all. The commission stated that in line with sections 26 and 53 of the Electoral Act, a winner would only be declared after a fresh poll has been conducted at the polling unit(s) where votes were cancelled or did not hold at all.
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