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ELECTION IN NIGERIA 2023: All incidents, surprises, twists 

ELECTION IN NIGERIA 2023: All incidents, surprises, twists 

Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria were not without incidents, surprises and twists, someof which are documented below.

Clash at Kano polling unit

Chiranci community of Gwale local government area witnessed tension as supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and those of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) attacked each other.

Reports said the ward is one of the most volatile in Kano state as it is the same ward for the APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) gubernatorial candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The ward was a scene of major electoral violence in 2019 when the two political gladiators had to vote at the same polling unit.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf and Abdullahi Abbas have always been at a loggerhead

However, INEC in 2023 separated their polling units, assigning Abba Gida Gida and his families to a newly created polling unit few meters away from the former.

Obi springs surprises in Lagos

Early polling unit results show that Labour Party is doing well in many parts of Lagos, beating the APC in many polling units while the PDP came a distant third.

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Peter Obi casts his vote at his polling unit in Agulu ward 2, Anaocha LGA of Anambra state.

Early results from some polling units saw Peter Obi winning many polling units including picking one polling unit in Alausa, near the polling unit of Ahmed Tinubu.

Boko Haram attacks polling unit in Borno

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists stormed Goza town in Goza Local Government Area of Borno State, on Saturday, disrupting voting exercise.

The insurgents struck while voters were participating in the ongoing presidential and parliamentary elections.

Emir of Goza, Mohammed Shehu Timta, confirmed the attack to newsmen, saying five persons were injured.

“Boko Haram insurgents launched attack into the heart of the town, shooting sporadically. Five people sustained injuries. The injured have been taken to Maiduguri for medical attention.

Tinubu Sweeps 10 LGAs in Ekiti

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the election in 10 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State.

Prof Akeem Lasisi, Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Health Sciences, Ila Orogun, Osun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Presiding Officer in Ekiti State, announced that Tinubu polled the highest votes in the LGAs followed by Atiku Abubakar, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, then Peter Obi of Labour Party and Rabiu Kwankwaso of New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).

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Tinubu and wife , Oluremi, at their polling unit

Below are the LGA results:


APC 5873

LP 125


PDP 2521


APC 11,969

LP 245


PDP 4178


APC 12628

LP 373


PDP 5731


APC 11659

LP 910


PDP 7198


APC 11415

LP 497


PDP 2734


APC 11917

LP 782


PDP 7476


APC 14265

LP 544


PDP 5516


APC 14516

LP 391


PDP 4318


APC 12,046

LP 246


PDP 5847


APC 15465

LP 779


PDP 10198

INEC postpones elections in 141 polling units

INEC chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu
INEC chairman, Prof Mahmud Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended elections in 141 polling units (PUs) in Bayelsa State over insecurity.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Saturday during the second situation briefing, at the national collation centre in Abuja.

According to him, the 141 PUs are in four wards of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State and the elections would hold on Sunday.

He said that the voting process was interrupted by thugs before security agencies were later reinforced, but that the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members handling the affected PUs were afraid to resume the exercise, which led to the postponement.

Yakubu also said that the process were also disrupted in some PUs in seven local government areas by insecurity and thuggery in Imo State.

Also affected were three local government areas in Edo State, where the elections were postponed to March 11 due to the omission of one of the political parties logo, available on the results sheet but not on the ballot paper.

The INEC Chairman equally said that more Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS) were carted away by thugs.

“Unfortunately, we continue to lose some of the BVAS. I reported in the morning the loss of some devices. Unfortunately, we also lost three BVAS in Ayemelu in Anambra State but we have recovered.

“There were issues arising from the commencement process in Abia, Imo and in Kebbi among other places. I am happy to say that the process is ongoing in Abia.

“In Imo, the process is ongoing except a few areas of PUs marked by insecurity and thuggery spread across seven LGAs and the situation in Kebbi State is stable. Voting is going on mainly in Birin-Kebbi which was earlier affected.

“But in Bayelsa State particularly in the state capital, four wards, Ward 4, 6, 8, and 14 with 141 polling units, the process was disrupted. We remobilised security to proceed with the process but the corps members expressed some apprehension about going back so we met with the security agencies and decided that voting in these 141 PUs where all the materials are actually intact will take place tomorrow morning,” Yakubu said.

He said that there was an agreement to hold the elections in these locations on Sunday.

He said, “In Lagos, we have been closely following the situation in Okota, Mafoluku, Oshodi, and Elegushi. We have been able to normalize the situation in a number of places and voting is ongoing, so we will keep our eyes on the processes in the other areas that I had mentioned.

“In a large number of PUs, voting is closed and sorting and counting have commenced. Between now and the last briefing, we have taken a proactive step by meeting with the Inspector General of Police, the National Security Adviser, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. The idea is to strengthen security as we move into the next stage of the process, which is collation of results in locations where voting has been concluded at the polling units.

“I would also like to say that in Edo State, we had a situation that we handled yesterday (Friday), one of the parties whose logo is on the results sheet but is not on the ballot paper.

“In a meeting with the stakeholders, a decision was taken on the materials and the elections. So we have suspended the election for Esan North, South, and Iguebe.

“The ballot papers will be reprinted and the election will now hold along with the state elections on the 11th of March. That is in the next two weeks. We are determined that no Nigerian should be disenfranchised.

“So we have been responding to some of the situations as they arise. And we are going to do so overnight.”

Yakubu also said that the National Collation Centre will be officially opened mid-day on Sunday for announcement of collated results.


Obi defeats Atiku with over 2,500 votes in Adamawa ward

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar at his polling unit

The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, defeated his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival with 2, 660 votes at Muchalla Ward, Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Atiku is not just from Adamawa but his party controls the state.

According to results released from the collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the LGA, Obi polled a total of 4,524 votes while Atiku followed with 1,864 and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 340 votes while Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) trailed with 31 votes.

Below is the result:

APC 340

LP 4524


PDP 1864

Total voters registered 16350

Total voters accredited 7020

Total voters cast 6995

Total valid 6826

Total rejected 169


How VIPs fared

There were twists and upsets as results of the presidential and National Assembly elections started trickling in Saturday with many gladiators losing their polling units.

The presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu; Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), all won their polling units in Saturday’s election.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, all of the ruling APC, delivered their respective polling units to the party.

Buhari, who voted together with his family members at the Sarkin Yara A ward, Kofar Baru polling unit 003 in Daura, was able to garner 184 votes for the party as against the 51 and 37 scored by the PDP and NNPP respectively.

In the senatorial polls, the APC scored 215 votes, PDP 51, and NNPP 4 votes, while in the House of Representatives election, the APC scored 236; PDP 51 and NNPP 4.

On his part, Governor Masari, who cast his vote at Masari 001, garnered 208 votes for the APC in the presidential election, while the opposition PDP scored 54 votes.

APC national chair loses

Abdullahi Adamu
APC national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu

But the national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, lost his polling unit at Angwarimi ward, GRA A1, Lercest Office in Keffi, Nasarawa State, for the presidential poll to the Labour Party.

Obi won in the unit with 132 votes while the APC came second with 85.

PDP national chair wins polling unit

Iyorchia Ayu
PDP national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu

The result at Mkovur Market polling unit in Ipav District of Gboko Local Goverment Area where the National Chairman of PDP, Dr Iorychia Ayu, voted showed that the party won majority of the votes.

Atiku scored 190 votes, leaving APC and LP with seven and four votes, respectively.

Atiku wins polling unit

The presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar won his polling unit 012 at Ajiya ward for the first time since 2007.

Announcing the results at the end of the voting process, the presiding officer, Nalawu Phillip, said the PDP polled 282 votes, APC, 57 votes, LP, 6 and ANPP, 1.

Tinubu wins polling unit

A breakdown of results from Tinubu’s polling unit showed that the APC polled 33 votes while LP scored eight votes and PDP and the Young People’s Party (YPP) with one vote each.

Tinubu wins in Osinbajo, Obasanjo’s polling units

At unit 2, ward 11, Olushomi compound, Totoro-Sokori area, Abeokuta North Local Government, Ogun State where former President Olusegun Obasanjo voted, the APC polled 56 votes against PDP, 7 and LP, 9.

The ruling party also won at Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s polling unit 14, Ojurege ward 1, Ikenne, Ogun State with 33 votes. The LP and PDP polled 9 and seven votes respectively.

Yemi Osinbajo ..
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

At the Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State polling unit, ward 3, unit 002, Ita Osanyin, Iperu, Ikenne Local Government Area, Tinubu also won.

Tinubu, Atiku get zero votes at Obi’s polling unit

Presidential candidates of the APC and PDP could not secure a single vote in the polling unit of the presidential candidate of the LP.

At Amatutu ward 2, Agulu, polling unit 019 in Anaocha Local Government Area, Obi beat Tinubu and Atiku by polling 236 votes while the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) got three.

Kwankwaso wins polling unit

The presidential candidate of the NNPP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, won his polling unit with 284 votes.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
NNPP’s Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso casts his vote on Saturday

Kwankwaso, who voted at Tandu PU 002, Kwankwaso ward, Madobi Local Government Area, Kano State, defeated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the candidate of the ruling APC, who polled 112 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Peter Obi of LP scored zero votes.

For the Senate, the NNPP also won with 273, while the APC got 122; and for the House of Representatives, the party got 264 while APC got 130.

Shettima wins polling unit

The APC vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, also won the presidential poll at his polling booth with a landslide.

The electoral officer at the Kukawa polling unit 021, Suleiman Shehu Abdulhamid, declared the result at the end of voting at exactly 5:38pm.

He said the APC scored 126 votes while the PDP came a distant second with 22 votes. The LP and NNPP got zero vote each while eight votes were declared invalid.

LP VP loses own polling unit

The vice presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Dr Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed, lost his polling unit 021 at Kofar Gidan Iro Kaya, Tudun Wada, Zaria to the PDP, which polled 102 votes.

The APC polled 98, LP 54 and the NNPP, 7.

Senate president loses polling unit

Atiku won in the polling unit of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, at the Katuzu Primary School Polling Unit 001B.

The APC got 107 votes while PDP got 186 in the presidential election. The NNPP polled 41, PRP, 2, LP, 1, Boot 1 and NRM, 1.

But in sharp contrast, the APC won the senatorial election with 301 votes, while the PDP and NNPP polled 37 and two votes respectively.

The APC also lost the House of Representatives election to the PDP with 114 votes against 219 votes; NNPP, 11 and ADC, 1.

APC loses at Gbajabiamila’s polling unit

Peter Obi defeated Tinubu at the polling unit of the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

In the polling unit, which is located at Elizabeth Fowler Primary School, unit 14, ward G2, Masha Surulere, Obi polled a total of 89 votes to defeat Tinubu, who had 59, while Atiku polled five votes.

Lawan’s rival, Machina, delivers for APC

However, Bashir Sheriff Machina, who lost the ticket to the Senate president at the Supreme Court, delivered his own Kofar Inji 001B polling unit to the APC.

The presiding officer, Mr Nasir Ahmed, said the APC polled 155 votes while the PDP got 61 in the presidential election. The APC, however, lost the senatorial poll with 90 votes against PDP’s 111.

Remi Tinubu wins polling unit for husband

Senator Oluremi, wife of Tinubu, won her Polling Unit 034 at Falomo, Lagos.

In the poll results announced, the APC polled 60 votes against three polled by the PDP and 42 by the LP.

In the senatorial election, the APC scored 68 votes to defeat PDP which polled 26, while the LP scored zero.

In the House Representatives election, the APC got 62 votes while PDP scored 14 votes and LP 29 votes.

Tinubu wins Sanwo-Olu, Akeredolu, Makinde’s polling units

Tinubu won at Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Polling Unit 006, Ward E3, Lagos Island in the presidential election, with APC scoring 86 votes, PDP 3 and LP, 5.

The former Lagos governor also won at Unit 1, Ward 11, Abayomi, Iwo Road, Ibadan North East Local Government, where Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde voted.

Tinubu polled 104 votes to beat Obi of LP, who polled 82 votes, while Atiku of the PDP polled 27 votes.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also won his Polling Unit 006, Ward 005 of Ijebu-Owo for the APC in the Saturday’s election.

Security operatives applauded

Voters across the country have applauded the conduct of security operatives deployed for election duty, with some saying the personnel comported themselves professionally during yesterday’s voting exercise.

The Nigeria Police Force had said 310,973 of its personnel were deployed for the exercise.

The police officers were supported by 51,000 personnel from the National Security and Civil Defense Corps; 21,000 from the Federal Road Safety Corps; 11,336 from the Nigeria Correctional Service; 9,447 from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and 350 personnel from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

It was observed that in instances of unruly crowds due to frustration over late arrival of electoral officials and technical glitches, the security operatives ensured orderliness by appealing to the voters.

Peter Obi beats Atiku, Tinubu in Aso Rock

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has won polling unit inside Aso Rock, Abuja.

Peter Obi pulled 26 votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu who got one vote, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, got a vote alongside the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, who also had one vote.


Labour Party wins all positions in Dutse polling unit

The Labour Party (LP), has won the Presidential and National Assembly elections in polling unit 058, LEA Primary School, Bmuko II Bwari Area Council, Abuja.

The results of the elections, after collation by 6:30pm are as follows:


LP… 229


PDP… 49


LP… 199

APC… 7

PDP… 74

House of Representatives


APC… 6

PDP …67

APC national chairman loses polling unit to Peter Obi

The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has lost the presidential election in the Angwarimi Ward, GRA A1, LERCEST Office in Keffi, Nasarawa State to the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi. Obi won the unit with 132 votes, while Bola Tinubu had 85 votes.

President Buhari gets knocks over open display of ballot paper

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President Buhari displayed his ballotpaper after casting his vote, an act that lawyers said was illegal

Some lawyers on Saturday faulted the open display of ballot papers by the President Muhammadu Buhari and the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, after casting their votes for their preferred candidates.

They however explained that though it was wrong for the President and the governor to openly engage in such an act, it would not affect the election results.

The President whose second term ends on May 29, 2023, voted in Daura, Katsina State, during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

He displayed the ballot paper to show he voted for his party; the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate.

Also, Ortom was said to have openly displayed his ballot paper to show that he cast his vote for the Labour Party presidential candidate.

Election to continue in Plateau on Sunday

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Plateau, Dr Oliver Agundu, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of Kanam Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

Mr Agundu made the disclosure shortly after going round Jos and other parts of the state to assess the ongoing process.

He also said that voting was still ongoing in several polling units in Jos North, Jos South and Mangu Local Government Areas.

The REC explained that the voting time was generally extended to enable registered voters to perform their civic responsibilities.

He attributed the late commencement of voting in most areas to the technical hitches encountered during the exercise.

“As I speak to you this night some polling units in Jos North, Jos South and Mangu LGA’s are still voting.

“This is due to the massive turnout of voters; the number is unprecedented and we needed to allow everyone to cast their votes.

“We experienced some hitches that caused late commencement of voting but we were able to address them.

“Voting in some polling units in Kanam will continue on Sunday, Feb. 26, due to the destruction of some Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the units by suspected thugs,” he said.


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