Maiduguri blast: Massive voter turnout excites Borno governor’s wife

Maiduguri – The Wife of Borno governor, Hajiya Nana Shettima, has expressed satisfaction over the high turnout of voters for the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Maiduguri.

Mrs Shettima also commended the peaceful conduct of the election as well as provisions of voting materials by INEC.

Nigerian voters queue to cast their votes at Shagari Health Unit polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo AFP)

She gave the commendation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) shortly after casting her vote at Adamu Shehu Daya 042 Polling Unit, Maiduguri.

Mrs Shettima said she was excited that the electorate turned out en masse in defiance of early Saturday’s multiple heavy gun sounds and explosions around Maiduguri metropolis.

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“The massive turnout of women, youths and the elderly to vote for their preferred candidates was very commendable. The election was very peaceful,” she said.

Mrs Shettima voted at about 11:50 a.m at her polling unit which has a total of 1,200 registered voters. (NAN)

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