Ikot Abasi – The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom, Mr Nsima Ekere has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 10 federal constituencies of the state.
Ekere also assured that all National Assembly candidates of the party would garner victory based on evidences that the people of the state had embraced the change mantra.
He said this on Saturday while speaking with newsmen after casting his vote at Ward 1, Unit 004, Ikot Oboroenyin, Edemaya clan in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
The APC governorship candidate, who cast his ballot at about 10.48am after being accredited, hailed the peaceful conduct of the elections in his unit.
According to him the reports from other polling units across the state indicated that the exercise was peaceful.
He said the APC had campaigned extensively across the state which explained the massive turnout of voters to vote for President Buhari and candidates in the National Assembly elections.
However, Ekere slammed chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for hiring thugs to cause mayhem.
Minister for Budget and National Planning, Sen Udoma Udo Udoma, said that Buhari would win today”s election.
Udoma said this after voting at Ibekwe Ward 2, Unit 1 Ibekwe clan in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
He also hailed the peaceful conduct of the exercise and the massive turnout of voters at the elections, saying it was an indication that the people of the state loved Buhari.
The minister, who cast his vote at about 11.46am, said though the exercise started late, INEC was organised in its logistical arrangements.
There was massive turnout of voters in all the polling units visited (NAN)