At exactly 8:07am, President Muhammadu Buhari cast his ballot at Kofar Baru 003 polling unit, Sarkin Yara ward in Daura, his hometown in Katsina state.
Clad in a light blue “Babbar Riga”, a native attire, the president was accompanied by Aisha, his wife, and some of his aides.
After voting, the president spoke with journalists who were at his polling unit. Asked if he would congratulate the winner if he ends up losing, the president said: “I will congratulate myself at the end of this election… I’ll be the winner”
He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise, saying: “So far, so good. Nigerians understand and are behaving themselves.’’
According to figures released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Katsina recorded the highest number of permanent voter cards (PVC) collection in the country.
Of the 3,230,230 registered voters, 3,187,988 picked up their PVCs. The presidential and national assembly elections are taking place all over the country.
There has been an impressive turnout of voters with complaints of late arrival of electoral officials in some areas.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is Buhari’s main challenger in the election. He is expected to vote at Ajiya 012 polling unit, Yola in Adamawa state.