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#NigeriaDecides2019: Nigerians elect state governors, lawmakers (LIVE UPDATES)

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Today, Nigerians vote in their sixth general governorship and state assemblies elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.

Voters in 29 states would elect governors while new state assemblies would be elected in the 36 states.

There are no governorship elections in Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Bayelsa, Kogi, Anambra and Osun because the tenures of their governors are yet to expire.

While the elections are being contested by 1,158 governorship candidates across the country, many of them are billed as keen contests between only a few candidates in each state.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have an upper hand. It is currently in control of more than half of governorship seats in Nigeria’s 36 states.

The APC and the major opposition party, PDP, are expected to be the main challengers in majority of the states. However, many of Nigeria’s 91 parties are also fielding governorship and assembly candidates in many states.

PREMIUM TIMES and its partners, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), will bring you live updates of the elections across many states as they happen.

Follow this page for extensive live updates of the elections.

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Thugs disrupt sorting at PU in Ibadan

Sorting of ballot was temporary suspended at polling unit 011,ward 7, Ibadan North West after thugs armed with broken bottles, invaded the unit.

Voting had ended and the electoral officers were sorting the papers when the thugs arrived.

Some of the voters stood up to the hoodlums and prevented them from taking away the ballot box. 

A combined patrol of the police and the NSCDC was immediately deployed to prevent further threat to the ballot.

Sokoto

Voting Point 1, PU 001 Illela Fako, RA Tambuwal/Shinfiri, Tambuwal LG, Sokoto State.

The APO at this centre complained of the failure of communication. He said as a rule they have to forward the details of the card reader, the success and the failed accreditation to the INEC but was unable to do so.

Kaduna

2.42p.m., voting has closed. sorting ongoing at Polling unit 024, Ungwar Sarki ward, Kaduna North Local Government

Senatorial District: Kano south

LGA: Wudil

Ward: Kausani

PU 16

They have already started sorting out the result..

FCT Abuja

1:35 pm

PU 001, Pilot Primary School, Bwari Central. 

Large turnout of voters but officials say it’s low compared to the last election. 

The official who gave his name as Aliu, said smart card readers have failed to authenticate some voters prompting them to do manual accreditation. 

He also said voting process peaceful so far.

7 minutes ago: Elections: Oyo gov decries voters apathy

Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has lamented the low turn out of voters in Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.

The governor who spoke at his unit 20 polling unit, Ward 11, Ibadan South West local government after voting, told journalists the elections were peaceful in. his polling unit.

He however, said the turn out was low compared to what was obtained during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The reason for the low turnout could be as a result of discouragement, fatigue, disappoint or other reasons,” he said.

Mr Ajimobi, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said since there was still some more time for voting, more voters could still come out to cast their votes.

He said the Independent National Electoral Commission had done well so far and the process of the election had been peaceful and credible.

He expressed hope that his party’s candidate, Adebayo Adelabu would be victorious at the count of the polls.

Gboyega Isiaka,governorship candidate of ADC casting vote

Niger

As at 1:30pm, PU 001, Ward- Sarkin Bosso 1, Bosso local government, Niger State. Voting still on. According to the presiding officer , Gabriel Iroegbu, he said there are 2462 registered voters but only 200 had voted so far.

Ogun

Adekunle akinlade of APM casting vote alongside wife

Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, casting his vote at 1.05 pm at his polling unit 20 Commercial Grammar School Oluyole Estate, Ward 11, Ibadan South West.

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.

Adamawa

Former VP Atiku Abubakar casting his vote at his polling Unit 012 at Ajiya Ward in Yola-North local government area of Adamawa state.

1:26pm: Ward 1, Unit 003 and 004, Abeokuta North LG, Ogun State. Voting has ended and INEC officials are waiting for 2pm to commence counting of votes.

1:07 PM PU 14 Ward 8 (Ubima) Ikwerre LGA, Rivers Strate. 

Voting, described as “peaceful and perfect” by the PO, has ended in this PU, which hosts the family compound of transport minister Rotimi Amaechi. The voting point is located just outside Mr Amaechi’s family house. 

At the time we got here, counting of votes was just about to commence. The PO disclosed that “about 137 of the over 500 registered voters” came out to vote. 

1:12pm: Ward 5, Pus 001,002 and 003, Abeokuta North LG, Ogun State. Voting has ended in all the PUs as INEC officials are seen waiting for 2pm before they commence counting of votes. However, there are so many youth -‘boys’- here and pressure seems to be high.

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