Months of campaigns came to a close on Thursday for the more than 70 candidates hoping to clinch the country’s top seat.
The stage is set for Nigeria’s presidential elections on February 16, 2019.
What do Nigerians expect in these polls?
Presidential candidates have vowed to hold peaceful elections this Saturday as campaigning came to a close on Thursday.
In a national broadcast, outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari who is running for a second term in office, told Nigerians to choose between going backward or keeping with the momentum of change which, according to him, the country has been enjoying since his administration took over power in 2015.
Buhari faces a strong challenge from Atiku Abubakar, of the People’s Democratic Party who has largely campaigned against the president’s record in office.
Nigeria police to restrict vehicular movement on voting day
Nigeria’s police chief has ordered restriction of vehicular movement on the Election Day with barely a day to the opening of polls in keenly watched presidential polls.
The said restriction is expected to last for 12 hours – 6 am – 6 pm on Saturday. Inspector General of Police, IGP Adamu, also tasked citizens to remain law abiding and go out on February 16 to peacefully cast their ballots.
A statement by the police read in part: “The IGP notes that the restriction will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process.
“While regretting the inconveniences the restriction will cause the citizens, the IGP however warns that the Force will deal decisively with any individual(s) or group(s) that will want to test our common will in our resolve to ensure a peaceful election.
“He therefore enjoins the citizens to steer-clear of vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, circulating fake news, snatching of ballot boxes and other act(s) capable of truncating the people’s will noting that the Force will not hesitate to bring to bear the full weight of the law on anyone who engages in any crime during this period.”
February 16 will be the first of a two-legged election process. The presidential vote which has over seventy candidates takes place before a legislative, gubernatorial vote follows weeks later.
Author: Staff Writer