#NigeriaDecides: General Elections Begin Today

After experiencing a punishing one-week delay, millions of Nigerians will today vote to elect a president that will pilot the affairs of the country for another four years.

Also happening today is the vote for all 468 members of the National Assembly: the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The fate of 1,800 senatorial candidates and 2,600 House of Reps candidates vying to represent the 109 senatorial districts and 360 federal constituencies, respectively will be decided.

It is the biggest election yet in the whole of Africa, going by the massive number of people cleared to be part of the exercise.

While a total of 73 presidential candidates are participating in today’s election, it remains undoubtedly a battle between incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Former allies and now political foes, both septuagenarians take the lead in determining the country’s immediate political and economic destiny in what has been described as the tightest race in the country’s history.

Buhari stunned the world by winning the presidential election in 2015, defeating the then incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan.

The former military dictator anchored his campaign on the trident of security, anti-corruption and the economy. And after four years, his supporters and critics differ greatly on his pass mark.

Abubakar, who left office as Vice-president in 2007, has been seeking to lead Nigeria ever since.

But he has either lost out in the main election (2007) or lost out in the primaries of his party (2011 and 2015).

Mr Abubakar has campaigned on three core issues of job creation, improving the economy and restructuring the country.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, a total of 72.8 million (72,775,585) are eligible to vote in the elections having collected their permanent voters’ cards (PVCs).

From the figures released by INEC, important battleground states are Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Rivers and the FCT.

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