In a rather disappointing turn of events, the Vice-Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima, left Shettimari polling unit 001 in Lawan Bukar ward of Maiduguri metropolis on Saturday, February 25 after he was unable to cast his vote.
There were no officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at his polling unit when he arrived and 8:30am on Saturday.
Shettima was met by a sizable number of other voters who were also eagerly awaiting the arrival of the officials and election materials.
Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was in attendance to offer his support to the APC Vice Presidential hopeful. However, after waiting patiently for about 10 minutes, they both had to leave without being able to exercise their civic duty.
Meanwhile, voting activities had already commenced in several polling units within the metropolis, with reports of seamless and incident-free process.
This recent development has once again highlighted the need for proper planning and organisation by relevant authorities to ensure that such occurrences are avoided in future elections.
“We have been here since 6:00am but no INEC official is present. We are surprised because it has never happened like this,” of the voters said.
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