Nigerians are heading to the polls today to elect new leaders at the state level in the governorship and state house of assembly elections.
The exercise is taking place in 29 out of the 36 states of the Federation.
Stay with us for updates…
1:17 pm: Governor Tanko Al-Makura and his wives cast their votes at Lungun Wambai polling unit in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
1:10 pm: Governor Badaru Abubakar cast his vote at Arewa ward polling unit in Jigawa State where there was a low turnout of voters.
1:02 pm: Governor Ibikunle Amosun casts his vote at one of the polling units in Ogun State.
12:45 pm: A governorship candidate in Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, casts his vote at Mbutu ward in Aboh Mbaise LGA.
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Former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola casting his vote #LagosDecides, #ItesiwajuIpinleEko #lasg6512:40 PM – Mar 9, 201925 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
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12:17 pm: Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, and his wife, Anna, Ishaku, have cast their ballots at polling unit 004 Kofan Sarkin Jukun Sabo, Gawetum ward in Takum LGA.
12:12 pm: A governorship candidate in Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed, casts his vote at Yelwan Duguri Central Primary School in Alkaleri LGA.
12:03 pm: Former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, casts his vote with members of his family at Ward 10 Unit 13, Taara In Ogbomosho.
11:54 am: A governorship candidate in Lagos, Babatunde Gbadamosi, casts his vote at one of the polling units in Ikorodu.
11:49 am: Governor Ben Ayade and his wife cast their votes at Ipong polling unit, Kakum ward in Cross River State.
11: 46 am: A governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, casts his vote at 001 Motor Park polling unit in his hometown in Gudi.
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11:37 am: A governorship candidate, Nsima Ekere, and wife cast their votes at unit 004, Edemeya Ward 1 in Ikot Abasi LGA of Akwa Ibom State.
11:30 am: Voting commenced early at 012 Yalwa, Garkar Malam Isa Polling unit Galadima Ward in Mafara LGA, the home town of Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari.
11:21 am: Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, casts his vote at his polling unit at ward 2 unit 5, Toru Orua in Sagbama LGA.
EFCC operatives have intercepted bags full of money suspected to be meant for vote-buying at North Bank Area in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. R
11:11 am: Governor Mohammed Abubakar and his wives cast their votes at their polling unit in Bauchi State.
10:58 am: A governorship candidate in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, casts his vote at his polling unit.
10:50 am: A governorship candidate in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, casts his ballot in company with his wife, Omini, at Ward 011 Unit 001 Abayomi, Iwo Road in Ibadan North East LGA.
He commended the exercise but said there are reports of ballot box snatching in some parts of the state.
10:42 am: A governorship candidate in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje, casts his vote at ward 004 Takoradi road, Apapa.
10:35 am: Governor Abubakar Bello has cast his vote in his hometown, Kontagora in Niger State.
He urged the security personnel to be at alert, although the exercise in Kontagora is experiencing a low turnout.
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10:30 am: Governor Udom Emmanuel and his wife, Martha, cast their vote at one of the polling units in Akwa Ibom State.
10:22 am: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, arrives at ward 4 Oredo to cast his vote.
10:18 am: Massive turnout of voters at Ward 3 polling unit 1 in Iregun, Iperu where a governorship candidate in Ogun State, Mr Dapo Abiodun, is expected to cast his vote.
10:12 am: Voting ongoing at Arewa ward in Babura LGA of Jigawa State. However, there is a low turnout of voters.
10:06 am: Voters at polling units at Mile 2 estate in Amuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos have been left stranded.
INEC’s ad-hoc staff in the area told Channels TV that they would not conduct the election until they receive their unpaid wages.
10:01 am: INEC officials arrived late with voting materials at about 9:15 am at Unit 17 Ahiafor/Umuru Ward 5 in Isiala Ngwa South LGA of Abia State.
This is where a governorship candidate, Dr Alex Otti, is expected to cast his vote.
9:48 am: Accreditation and voting commenced early at Muzilci ward in Kano Municipal LGA.
The exercise has been peaceful so far as the electorate wait on the queue to get accredited and cast their votes.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, have cast their votes at Kofar Baru 003 polling unit, Sarkin Yara Ward 3 in Daura, Katsina State. READ MORE.
A primary school containing all electoral materials for Mbalom ward in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State has been set ablaze. READ MORE.
9:40 am: EFCC officials monitoring vote-buying at various voting centres in Edo State.
INEC Polling officials and Security Agents
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9:35 am: Accreditation and voting ongoing in virtually all the polling units in Kaduna State capital and other neighbouring LGAs, such as Chikun, Igabi, Kaduna North, and Kaduna South.
The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, joins the queue to cast his vote at Ungwar Sariki polling unit in Kaduna North LGA.
9:30 am: Voting in progress in Gwadawa ward in Jimeta, Yola. The exercise has been going on smoothly so far in Adamawa State.
9:25 am: Voting has commenced in most of the polling units across Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
INEC officials arrived as early as 6:30 am in most of the units while voters were already on the ground.
9:14 am: Voting ongoing at a polling unit in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
9:12 am: Governor Yahaya Bello casts his vote at Agasa in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State.
9:08 am: INEC officials sorting electoral materials at a polling unit in Anifowoshe Primary School, in Ikeja area of Lagos.
9:02 am: Voting commenced as early as 8 am at most polling units in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
8:52 am: Major logistics and deployment problems at Anglican School, Ogudu in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Materials and personnel have yet to be deployed.
8:46 am: Voting commenced as early as 8 am at Amube ward 1 in Orba Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
This is the polling unit where Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is expected to cast his vote.
8:35 am: INEC officials have arrived with election materials at Ndume Ohokobe ward in Abia State.
Although this is an improvement compared to the last elections where voting was shifted to the next day, voting is yet to commence.
8:24 am: Election materials arrive at ward 2 unit 5 in Sagbama LGA of Bayelsa State.
8:15 am: Accreditation and voting ongoing at unit 11, ward 10, Okesa in Ado, the Ekiti State capital.
8:10 am: Voting set to commence at ward 4 in Oredo LGA in Benin City.
8:02 am: INEC officials already at one of the polling units at Queen Amina Gate in Kaduna South Local Government Area.
7:58 am: All is set for voting to commence at Capital School in Yola, the Adamawa State capital where there are six polling units.
7:51 am: Security operatives enforce movement restriction in Bauchi State.
However, those on essential duties and electorate who are voting elsewhere other than the areas they live, and are able to present their voter cards as proof, are allowed access.
7:40 am: INEC officials and voters are stranded and waiting for the voting centre to be opened at ward 2 in Oredo Local Government Area (LGA) in Benin City, Edo State.
7:34 am: At Kofan Sarkin Jukun, Sabo Polling unit 004, the electoral officers are getting set for the election to commence as all materials both sensitive and non-sensitive are on the ground.
This is where Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, is expected to cast his vote.
6:05 am: Roadblock at the Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Security operatives are enforcing movement restriction to ensure that only those on special duties can move freely.
5:17 am: Collection and distribution of materials from the Registration Area Centre for Naraguta B at Government College, Zaria Road in Plateau State, commenced as early as 5:00 am.