No Boko Haram attack in Maiduguri - Army

Clay Curtis
February 23, 2019

He said the governor's decision followed reports of attacks on two communities in the state in the early hours of Saturday.

Atiku, a former vice president, has pledged to expand the role of the private sector. Our security agencies have worked diligently to ensure that adequate security measures are in place.

The results from Abubakar's polling unit are amongst some of the early returns trickling in from across the country in Saturday's presidential and federal parliamentary elections.

The spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign, Festus Keyamo, says on Twitter that no electoral commission workers are in sight at his polling station in Delta state in the south. His main opponent, Atiku Abubakar, after voting said he was looking forward to a successful transition. Elsewhere, some officials anxious that heavy security could intimidate potential voters.

Multiple blasts in Nigeria's northeast are opening election day as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in Africa's most populous nation.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) has given several reasons for the delay, including attempted sabotage and logistical issues such as bad weather and problems with delivering the ballot papers.

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An Atiku supporter in Kano, stylist Laurie Isaac, 27, said: "We need change".

"Several suicide Bombers and mostly RPG fire targeted towards the metropolis from the outskirts, the response by Nigerian troops has made Boko Haram not to march on into the city centre".

Boko Haram has warned it will disrupt the elections. "We do not want any hanky panky", he said.

"The postponement casts a lingering doubt on the neutrality of (the electoral commission) such that unless Atiku is declared the victor, many will still believe that (the commission) colluded with the government to rig him out", said Jideofor Adibe, associate professor of political science at Nasarawa State University.

He said, "the public are requested to massively come out to exercise their fundamental right to cast their votes for the candidates of their choices".

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