Ibrahim Shekarau, the presidential candidate of the All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP) and governor of Kano State has urged his fellow presidential candidates to accept the verdict of the people, provided the conduct of the on-going election is free, fair and credible.
Mr Shekarau spoke shortly after casting his vote at the Ginginyu Ward Polling Station, in Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano State Saturday.
"If the elections are free, fair and credible, then the participants should accept the verdict of the people.
"This is a great day because it is a turning point for this country. The election has been peaceful, and we have not received any report from anywhere across the state or across the country of any form of malpractice or misconduct, and by the grace of God, this will be sustained." He said. Mr Shekarau expressed satisfaction with the unprecedented turnout of voters, and commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for ensuring that the presidential poll is hitch-free, and devoid of any election malpractices.
"Today's turnout is very impressive and very encouraging because people have answered our appeal to come out. The turnout is unprecedented." "Initially, there were hitches, prompting the postponement of the National Assembly election, but this time, people have turned out en masse to perform their civic responsibility.
"Everything is orderly and peaceful, as people are going about conducting in a peaceful atmosphere with the water tight security put in place at polling stations. Everybody is law abiding." NEXT spotted underage female voters queuing up for accreditation and subsequently voting in most of the polling stations visited.
In most of the centres, accreditation commenced as early as 8am, with the electoral officers arriving at their various polling centres adequately armed with the election materials.