Today, 9 March 2019, the people of Yobe State, northern Nigeria, will troop out to elect a governor as well as State House of Assembly representatives for another four years term.
Naija News understands that the election would take place in 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs), 178 wards, 86 political districts, 2,826 polling and voting units in the state.
Local government areas where the election will take place are Bade, Bursari, Damaturu, Fika, Fune, Geidam, Gujba, Gulani, Jakusko, Karasuwa, Machina, Nangere, Nguru, Potiskum, Tarmuwa, Yunusari and Yusufari local government area.
In the build-up to the election, Mai Mala Buni, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, has clearly popped up as a top contender for the office of the governor.
This, Naija News reports came after 10 political parties endorsed him for the number one political position in the northern state.
Buni would, however, battle Ambassador Umar Iliya Damagum, gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, for the position.
Thirteen (13) candidates are vying for the post of a governor, 152 candidates are running for the House of Assembly. There are 1.37 million Registered voters in Yobe.
Naija News is on the ground to give you live updates from the election. Kindly keep refreshing the page to get all the latest updates.
Live reports from Yobe state:
11: 45 am: Deputy Governor of Yobe state Engr Abubakar D Aliyu casts his vote at Garin Maina in potiskum local government area. He was accompanied by Hon Auwal Isa Bello Danchua.
11: 22 am: EFCC officials at PU 003 Garin Itace, Gujba Ward.
11: 13 am: Accreditation and Voting going on at Buni-yadi North/South, Gujba LGA, Yobe, PU 017 Railway MUH’D Kofar.
08: 36 am: voting is going on smoothly under heavy security presence at GSS Damaturu, where IDP voters from Goniri were relocated.
08:30 am: low turn out of votes recorded in Mari area court, emirs palace, and some other voting areas.
08:00 am: accreditation and voting commence simultaneously at various polling units.