The much expected General election held in Nigeria Africa’s most populous nation to elect the President, Vice President, Members of the Senate and House of Representatives is happening.
Expectations are high, citizens are out to the polls with pvcs, security forces are out, the electoral commission is out with election materials as we await the outcome.
It has been a tough, enduring, chaotic and cashless week leading up to the election as citizens barely survived as there was cash shortage caused by an attempt to redesign the currency to tackle vote buying, bribery and inflation.
Today is the day Nigerians vote! Before the election gets completed let’s talk about the situations that precede the outcome and real-time updates from social media.
Here’s a thread of social media posts on the good, bad and ugly happenings around the country with hashtags #NigeriaDecides2023 and #NigeriaElections2023 trending
Just leaving about six polling units in a neighborhood in Dala local government area. INEC officials were mostly set up by 9:30 and the BVAS machines were functioning well. pic.twitter.com/KIaeuJgf2s
— Amaka Anku (@AmakaAnku) February 25, 2023
Civic right 👍 fully exercised #NigeriaElections2023 #NigeriaDecides🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/kq2QZeGgNp
— BENNIE (@BENJIZEE) February 25, 2023
I don't ever like to leave my house on Saturday cos it's my only rest day. But I left home by 6:30am today, trekked for over an hour to my PU to vote @PeterObi . I spent hours educating people here to ensure their votes aren't invalid. For a #BetterNigeria. #NigeriaElections2023 pic.twitter.com/JNBTz0VbV9
— Ezeaka the #OBIdient man | Messi World Champion (@Cee_jayking) February 25, 2023
#NigeriaElections202 #NigeriaElections2023 #NigeriaDecides #inecnigeria
This is somewhere in Ibadan no rioting no fight , free and fair election still maintaining the peace 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/HtSn1OsN4u
— Adebayo MOBAD (@AdebayoMobad) February 25, 2023
The Nigerian Army have arrived Ikate, Lagos… Thank you! #NigeriaDecides2023 pic.twitter.com/dyvOTqzD65
— GRV Media ® (@GRVLagosMedia) February 25, 2023
Took me just 5mins to cast my vote.
May the best Man win. Ameen 🙏🏾#NigeriaDecides2023 pic.twitter.com/DeLFEeYXXc
— Muhammad Makintami™ (@Makintamie) February 25, 2023
This is the woman that was attacked
She is still here casting our vote
We will take our country back@aproko_doctor pic.twitter.com/DT1hx5jRK2
— Ernie (@ErnieFemiOwen) February 25, 2023
Unused ballot papers are being cancelled as required by law. Of the total of 605 registered voters, 231 turn up to vote.#NigeriaElections2023 #NigeriaDecides #NigeriaDecides2023 #Nigeriadecide2023 @SituationRoomNg pic.twitter.com/oCJz6VJP03
— O. Austin Aigbe (@oaaigbe) February 25, 2023
Counting 👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/oHZPiavMww
— Mo’ (@AceTolulope) February 25, 2023
Happening Now! In Warri South LGA, Delta State, a whole LGA, no election is going on. INEC said they are still sorting at 2pm.
Voters shouting, we no go gree ooo… we no go gree…we must vote.#NigeriaDecides #NigeriaDecides2023 #NigeriaElections2023 pic.twitter.com/l1fSNxErgc
— NN NEWS (@NkirukaNistoran) February 25, 2023
Voting just commenced at RCCG MAIN GATE……#NigeriaElections2023 #NigeriaDecides2023 #NigeriaDecides #rufai #Ait #channelstv pic.twitter.com/XoMfBUngsF
— Mydeblaq (@Mide_05) February 25, 2023
Sorting and counting has started at IBADAN SOUTH WEST WARD 13 SW9 II
30-10-12-110#NigeriaDecides2023 #NigeriaElections2023 @SavvyRinu pic.twitter.com/G72Ui6IDIU
— Techy Fera 👨🏾💻 (@prfera_wg) February 25, 2023
Confirmed. Also Oba Elegushi has closed up every entrance to Elegushi to prevent the Military from getting in. https://t.co/FXl9ijiE96 pic.twitter.com/7PJPGAYu7h
— David Hundeyin (@DavidHundeyin) February 25, 2023
Inec Officials just arrived polling unit 006 Idemili North LGA… 12:20pm
The plan is to frustrate the South East. Do not be discouraged #NigeriaElections2023#NigeriaDecidespic.twitter.com/7NjTb9dK6B
— NKEM #PeterObi2023 (@Nkemchor_) February 25, 2023
Children seen in voters’ queue in Kano state. #SOSREX #NigeriaElections2023 pic.twitter.com/A9HrnNdBWE
— Rinu Oduala 🔥🔫 (@SavvyRinu) February 25, 2023
APC candidate in oshimili south brought his thugs, they've stopped voting process.#NigeriaDecides2023 #NigeriaElections2023 pic.twitter.com/jJPOE5wNJZ
— Peter Obi's Feminine Voice (@itzz_blitz1) February 25, 2023
No election at my polling unit up until now, INEC officials came late around past 12pm now they are telling us no network on the BVAS machine. pic.twitter.com/XkwD23TspE
— KARCHii♟️ (@Onyedii_) February 25, 2023
Update: Voting started, 30 people voted and now they are saying ink has finished #NigeriaDecides2023 pic.twitter.com/aLSGQuSPG5
— 𝐀𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐘 𝐀𝐃𝐀 (@Auntyadaa) February 25, 2023
Phones are being stollen, voter’s attacked, ballot papers turn apart and people scampering for their lives.
FALZ and other voters have just been attacked and his phone has been stolen at ikate lekkie,
The ballot papers are being torn apart and scattered by the area boys there, they saw the support for Labour Party and couldn’t take it!!
Emergency services needed right away!!!
— Director. Bello (@Director_bello) February 25, 2023
A Polling unit in Dipo Olubi Street, Surulere was attacked by thugs.
Some people are seriously injured and voting is on Hold.
🧯 #NigeriaDecides2023 • #NigeriaElections2023 pic.twitter.com/6KPjLyfrQn
— Samzy (@SamzyVG) February 25, 2023
Look at MC Oluomo trying to disenfranchise Igbos pic.twitter.com/8KkM18i3yN
— Capitaña Obidienté (@J_elcapitano) February 25, 2023