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#NigeriaDecides: Buhari, Malami, Ortom disregard INEC’s warning, break ballot confidentiality — 2023 Election Live Updates

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#NigeriaDecides: Buhari, Malami, Ortom disregard INEC's warning, break ballot confidentiality -- 2023 Election Live Updates

Buhari displayed vote in flagrant disregard of Electoral Law.

On Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) issued a warning on the display of thumb printed ballots, but President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, disregarded it.

In order to prevent the threat of vote-buying that has marred Nigeria’s elections, the electoral umpire forbids the use of mobile phones and other photographic equipment at voting booths. READ MORE.

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A few hours after INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, cautioned that, “No one will be allowed to take his or her phone to the voting cubicle,” Buhari and Malami were seen displaying ballot after casting their votes for the APC.

Okoye, who said the law prohibits display of ballots by voters, added that, “officials of the ICPC, EFCC and security agencies will be on hand to monitor and ensure that the law in that respect is not violated.”

But Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesperson, described the President’s conduct as a “rare show of loyalty,” by displaying “his ballot paper, with thumb print for All Progressives Congress’ (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu” on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State.

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The president who voted at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit, 003, was quoted to have reiterated his support for Tinubu.

Like Buhari, Like Malami

Like Buhari, Malami was seen displaying ballot papers showing how he voted for various candidates of the APC at his Shiryar Fada, Garkar Na Gambo, polling unit of Nasarawa 1 Ward in Birnin-Kebbi on Saturday.

Umar Gwandu, the minister’s spokesperson quoted Malami as describing the election as “peacefully and in line with the dictates and guidelines put in place by INEC and in conformity with the provisions of the Electoral Acts…and international best practices associated with the election.”

In a same manner, Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, was spotted casting his ballot for Peter Obi of the Labour Party at his polling place in the Guma local government.

Atiku Abubakar, the nominee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was scorned by Ortom when he publicly endorsed Obi’s presidential campaign last week in Makurdi, the state capital.

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