Nigerians began voting for a new president on Saturday, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence.
President Muhammadu Buhari was one of the first in the queue when the nearly 120,000 polling stations began opening at 0700 GMT.
He voted in his hometown of Daura, in northwest Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, voted in Daura, Katsina State in the Presidential and National Assembly Elections. The wife, Aisha, voted before the president at 8.06 a.m., while the president voted at 8.10 a.m. at the Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura.
After voting, the president expressed satisfaction with the state of affairs and said he was optismistic of winning.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday morning reaffirmed his confidence in winning the presidential election. Buhari told newsmen shortly after voting at Kofar Baru, Sarkin Yara “A” ward in Daura, his home town, that he would win the election and congratulate himself. Clad in a light blue `Babbar Riga’, the president was accompanied by his wife, and some security details.
Aisha was the first to vote before the president at 8.06 a.m., while the president voted at 8.10 a.m.
“So far, so good. Nigerians understand and are behaving themselves,’’ Buhari said when asked to give his assessment of the exercise, so far. When asked if he would congratulate the winner if he lost the election he said, “I will congratulate myself; I am going to be the winner,’’ the president said.