#NigeriaDecides: Live Updates, Results And Situation Reports Of The 2023 Presidential Election
Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election kicks off today at 8:30 AM as Nigerians are out in force to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor, who will rule the country for the next four years. Live updates of results and situation reports can be accessed below.
Infoexpert24 reports that today, Saturday, 25 February 2023, Nigerians would vote in the seventh Nigeria presidential election and National Assembly elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.
This online news platform understands that Nigerians are expected to vote from a list of eighteen (18) Presidential candidates and four thousand, two hundred and twenty-three (4,223) National Assembly candidates, who are contesting for four hundred and sixty-nine (469) federal legislative positions.
No fewer than eighteen (18) political parties are participating in the 2023 general elections, however, some would not be fielding candidates for the position of president. This is less than the 91 political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections.
According to the figures recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are currently 93,469,008 Registered Voters but 87,209,007 voters out of the 93,469,008 registered voters have collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and would be expected to vote in the 2023 general elections compared to 84,004,084 in the 2019 general elections.
The main contenders in terms of political parties are the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Labour Party, LP, and of course, the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP.
Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the presidential candidate of the ruling APC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is flying the flag of the PDP, former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi is the candidate of the LP, while Rabiu Kwankwaso is the NNPP standard bearer.
Other presidential candidates, according to INEC’s final list, include Imumolen Christopher – Accord Party (AP); Al-Mustapha Hamza – Action Alliance (AA); Sowore Omoyele – African Action Congress (AAC); Kachikwu Dumebi – African Democratic Congress (ADC); Sani Yabagi Yusuf – Action Democratic Party (ADP); Umeadi Peter Nnanna – All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); Ojei Princess Chichi – Allied People’s Movement (APM); Nnamdi Charles Osita – Action Peoples Party (APP); Adenuga Sunday Oluwafemi – Boot Party (BP); Osakwe Felix Johnson – National Rescue Movement (NRM).
Others are Abiola Latifu Kolawole – Peoples Redemption Party (PRP); Adebayo Adewole Ebenezer – Social Democratic Party (SDP); Ado-Ibrahim Abdumalik – Young Progressives Party (YPP); and Nwanyanwu Daniel Daberechukwu – Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Quick Facts about Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election
✓ 18 Political Parties
✓ 93,469,008 Registered Voters
✓ 1,491 Electoral Constituencies
✓ 774 Local Government Areas
✓ 8,809 Registration Areas/Wards
✓ 176,846 Polling Units
✓ 15,331 Contestants.
Peter Obi Reveals The First Thing He Will Do As President
Presidential aspirant, Peter Obi has stated that when he gets elected this weekend, the first thing he would do is express gratitude to God.
Obi, who’s aiming to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari under Labour Party, made this known at his polling unit in Anambra, as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) officials were setting up for the poll.
Obi also expressed his willingness to immediately start to show compassion and care as President.
“If I have the opportunity to serve, I serve the people without stealing their money. It is by His grace. The first thing I will do when elected is to thank God, after which I will start to care for the people,” he stated.
EFCC storms Tinubu’s polling Unit for inspection
PU 085, Ward 3, Sunday Adigun, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State
8:045 AM: Labour Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi addresses the press in Agulu, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria ahead of the 2023 elections.
9:07 AM: PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar registers (accreditation) in Yola, Adamawa State, northern Nigeria, to vote in the 2023 elections.
9:12 AM: PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar casts his vote alongside his wife, Titi Abubakar in Yola, Adamawa State, northern Nigeria. “I would love to see improvement“, Atiku addresses the press at 9:14 AM after voting.
9:15 AM: Ondo State Ondo North Senatorial District Akoko South-West LGA Ward 07 PU 008 Accreditation and voting are in progress. Priority voting is given to elderly people.
9:20 AM: South West Region Osun State Osun Central Senatorial District Osogbo LGA Ward 10 PU 05 Voting in progress.
9:30 AM: South East Region Anambra State Anambra North Senatorial District Onitsha North LGA PU: 015 Ward: 10 No INEC ad-hoc staff and security personnel are present.
9:40 AM: State: Taraba LGA: Ibi Zone: Southern Senatorial District Ward: Nwonyo 1. Pulling Unit: Kofan Sarki. Report: vote started equally persons with Disabilities were put forward to vote first.
Atiku votes in Adamawa
Voting is ongoing at Ward 3, Polling Unit 003, Iregun, Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State. This polling unit is very close to that of Governor, Dapo Abiodun.
Credit – Deji Lambo
Voting commences at Kubwa polling unit 024, Abuja
The first voter, Dupe Osundele, casts her vote as voting commences at the Arab road water board junction settlement polling unit, Kubwa, Bwari LGA, Abuja (024 polling unit).
Voting yet to begin at VP Yemi Osinbajo PU
Voting has not commenced at Vice President Yemi Osibanjo polling unit at Ward 1 unit 14 under coconut tree poling unit in Ikenne LG, OGUN State. It seems they are waiting for the Vice President before the commencement of voting at the polling unit. The advanced security team of Vice president is presently at the unit.
EFCC officials, policemen force journalist to delete photos in Rivers
Some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sighted in a white bus outside Model Primary School, Elekahia Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Saturday morning, forced PUNCH correspondent to delete pictures on his mobile phone.
The EFCC officials were with armed men of the Nigeria Police Force on the bus.
When our correspondent was sighted taking photos, the security agents stormed out to challenge him and forced him to delete pictures on his mobile phone.
The PUNCH cannot immediately ascertain their mission whether it is to check vote-buying or not.
However, The PUNCH reports that a member of the House of Representatives, Chinyere Igwe, was arrested with a bundle of dollars along Ana Road, Port Harcourt, very early on Friday morning.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko, condemned the action of the security agents.
“They don’t have the right to do that. We are sorry about that. You’re doing your job as they are also performing their election duties,” she said.
Buhari Violates Law As He Declares His Preferred Candidate
President Muhammadu Buhari has violated the electioneering law in Nigeria, as he declared that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is his preferred candidate in the election.
Buhari went on to encourage people at his polling unit in Katsina State, to vote for Tinubu.
Tinubu Arrives His Polling Unit In Lagos, Cast His Votes
Presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu has arrived at his polling unit in the Ikeja area of Lagos State, to cast his vote.
He was joined by his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Having cast his vote, Tinubu said he’s confident emerging winner in the presidential race.
Sanwo-Olu Votes, Salutes INEC Over Election Process
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has cast his vote in the ongoing presidential and NASS election.
Sanwo-Olu voted alongside his wife, after which he saluted the INEC for a fair process.
Thugs Invade Lagos Ward, Chase Away Southeasterners
Emerging information has it that some yet-to-be-identified thugs have chased away people from the southeast region of the country at their polling unit at Anglican Girls Primary School in the Surulere area of Lagos State.
An eyewitness, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, said the thugs, who wore yellow-coloured shirts, were dozens in number and they stormed the polling unit with dangerous weapons, threatening to hurt those from the southeastern part of the country.
“They chased a Calabar man because he looked like Igbo,” she added.