ABUJA, NIGERIA February 23rd, 2019 is election day in Nigeria. In the dead of night on February 16th, 2019, the originally planned election day, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a week-long postponement to the election day, but we have finally reached election day! This day, even in its early hours, has proven to be violent and unstable. Maybe this is the reason INEC postponed the elections. Widespread reports from across social media and various news outlets have been covering the violence and unrest that is occurring in the country. Reports are coming out that around 16 people have already been killed on election day. But how did we get here? Why is the country in such turmoil? With so much happening at once, OneTribe has got you covered with the major points of this pivotal election.
Similar to the US, Nigeria tries to operate on a two-party system with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), but much to the chagrin of Nigerian citizens, they fail like most other Nigerian institutions. Since the downfall of Goodluck Johnathan in 2015, APC has been dominating everywhere and some would even say with a ruthless iron fist. This year’s PDP candidate is former vice president Atiku Abubakar versus incumbent APC president Muhammadu Buhari. Ahead of the 2015 elections, APC came to form in 2013 from the alliance of three major political parties in Nigeria; the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) – and a portion of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to take on the PDP.
This year is different. Younger, interesting candidates gained some buzz but ultimately disappeared. Such candidates include ACPN’s Oby Ezekwesili – a female candidate and former minister of Education and pioneer of the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign. ANN’s Fela Durotoye – a motivational speaker and business consultant, and human rights activist & founder of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore. Sowore is backed by the African Action Congress (AAC) party and is the only other third party candidate still in the presidential race, and has garnered a decent amount of votes in key districts. It’s heartwarming to see that Nigerians are tired of the same two parties with the same figureheads running the country.
Many citizens, home and abroad, have aired their displeasure with the Buhari administration and their inability to keep Nigeria on the straight and narrow. From the terror inflicted on Nigerians by the Fulani herdsmen, to Nigeria becoming the poverty capital of the world under his watch, the Buhari presidency has been less than stellar. So, it was without a doubt that the 2019 elections were going to be hectic. It lived up to the expectations most people had for it when the election did not occur on its original date. From university students being shot dead in the streets, to ballot boxes being burnt, here are some tweets from on the ground of whats happening in the country right now while we await the official results! #NigeriaDecides2019
INEC has postponed the elections in some local government areas of Rivers, Anambra, and Lagos states due to violence and ballot box snatching. These elections would be occur on a later date not declared yet. It makes one wonder when will the 2019 election conclude? Will it be a never ending process for the Nigerian people?
Okota in Lagos boiling ,Apc disrupting Igbo voting in Lagos state , their trained Nigeria police guiding their evil acts , this election is a fraud and this government should be pushed out by all means , accepting this election is enforcing anarchy ,no free electoral process , pic.twitter.com/eoJj1nJw90
— Cletus Adinachi (@adinachi2001) February 23, 2019
"Dem use cane flog us say make we vote APC."
Hear dis man tori of wetin happun wen im go vote for Aguda area of Lagos State.https://t.co/XCRUGtrs8E #BBCNigeria2019 #NigeriaDecide2019 pic.twitter.com/zbcq27D5Bw
— BBC Pidgin (@bbcnewspidgin) February 23, 2019
Now my vote doesn’t count. This is unacceptable! pic.twitter.com/CWDLGX2DIZ
— Lois_lane (@soibifa_) February 23, 2019
Please where is my Cousin?News reaching us is that Nigerian Army took him and the nurse treating a wounded man away…the man died at the health center. We haven’t heard from him till now. He is a Doctor in Abonnema! Where is Dr Aluye Briggs and his Nurse!!!!#NigeriaDecides2019
— Julie👩🏿🦱 (@tarteenah) February 23, 2019
In a saner climes security officials will be able to identify these morons destroying ballot boxes and papers and put them behind bars but this is Nigeria.#NigeriaDecides2019 #ElectionDay #AtikuIsWinning pic.twitter.com/dKML87evGp
— IG: infobasenaija #BBNaija (@odion_peters) February 23, 2019