Nigeria's Buhari checks wife's ballot to see who she voted for

Nigeria's Buhari checks wife's ballot to see who she voted for

Nigeria's Buhari checks wife's ballot to see who she voted for

Military spokesman Col. Musa Sagir confirmed the attack on Geidam, hometown of Yobe's governor, saying it happened at 6:30 a.m.

The election campaign has come against a backdrop of wider violence from Boko Haram and criminal gangs in the north that have killed more than 200 people this month alone.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, are now in panic as series of explosions have rocked the city all within ten minutes.

In a crowded field of 73 presidential hopefuls, the two frontrunners - incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72 - are expected to vote in their home towns.

The president says "no worldly hand" can keep Nigeria on its democratic path and calls for tolerance.

Residents of Maiduguri, Borno state are said to be anxious about their safety, especially with the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to begin in less than two hours.

Buhari brushed aside reporters' questions about whether he would accept a loss to top challenger Atiku Abubakar, a billionaire former vice president.

"I look forward to a successful transition", he said.

Arena said although the team would not be making hasty reports, it has however, observed that many Nigerians are happy to vote. The president, first in line to vote in his northern hometown of Daura, jokingly checked the name on his wife's ballot.

Voters in Usman Dam Polling Unit have refused to cast their votes until the officials of INEC show them the result sheets.

Voting began from 0700 GMT for the presidential and parliamentary elections across the country. So we want to see a blank result sheet.

"The government made the decision - in consultation with the security agencies - that it is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, police, Civil Defence, DSS, etc to focus their attention on providing security for the election throughout the state".

Gunfire also was heard in parts of Port Harcourt in Nigeria's restive south, where the military presence was said to be heavier than in past elections.

The group and its offshoot, Islamic State in West Africa Province, have carried out deadly sporadic raids in the northeastern Borno state.

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