President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the decision by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to challenge his defeat in court did not take him by surprise
The President stated this after casting his vote alongside wife, Aisha, at the Kofar Baru 003 polling unit, Daura, Katsina State, for the governorship and state assembly elections.
The President, speaking with Journalists after exercising their franchise, stated that he had expected that to happen.
Adamu Sambo of NTA had sought the President’s reaction to the decision by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential election, President Buhari in his response said
“I expect that to happen”
Also responding to question about the flashpoints and reported cases of violence across the country during week, as well as his advice to Nigerians on Election Day?
President Buhari, however stated that he will leave it to the law enforcement agencies especially the police, adding that “ they have been meeting virtually on a 48-HOUR basis to make sure that they have identified the flashpoints, as you mentioned, wherever they are and make arrangements to counter it.”
Also in Abuja, the Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari was amongst the first set of voters at the ward 021/022 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking after voting Kyari described the process as “peaceful and orderly” even as he urged Nigerians to be peaceful in all their endeavors.
“ The country need peace and as you know, without peace, there can de no development. So, at all times, let us preach peace”
The Abuja Area Council election had been marred by low voters turnout, even as most people were observed going about their businesses as shops open in most area councils
At Kuje, articulated trucks and other vehicles were seen moving about freely even as security operatives were seen at various road blocks maintaining law and order.
Soldiers were also seen patrolling polling units.