The 2019 general elections are the sixth in the nation since 1999, the year Nigeria returned to democratic rule and the first since the All Progressives Congress ousted the Peoples Democratic Party from power after it held sway for 16 years.
A total of 73 candidates are in the presidential race, according to INEC, including incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari, and a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who are the front line flag bearers.
The main contenders include: incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressives Congress, APC) and former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP).
- Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC);
- Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP);
- Sina Fagbenro-Byron of the KOWA Party;
- Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN);
- Obadaiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The National Assembly election has hundreds of candidates across 91 registered political parties jostling for the 109 available seats in the Senate and the 360 spots in the House of Representatives.
After an intriguing period of political drama and campaigning, heralded by defections and war of words, it is time for Nigerians to give their verdict.
In all, 84,004,084 million citizens are registered for the elections, the majority of that number with Permanent Voter Cards will vote in the 119,973 polling units spread across the 36 states and the nation’s capital Abuja.
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The Presidential and National Assembly elections have been scheduled for February 23, while citizens will also vote to elect governors and members of state houses of assembly on March 9.
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8:01am At Byazhin primary school in Kubwa, Abuja. Accreditation has started and there was massive turn out, As at time of report they are experiencing a peaceful Election
9:13 am At ward 4 collation centre in Edo state, Voters have turned out in their numbers. Accreditation has started already. This is the ward the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, is expected to cast his ballot. Duta Reports (we just switched up to make sure our audience see the latest update on this page. we have other updates below)