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While calling on the worldwide community to keep an eye on the situation, the PDP added, "The use of soldiers to ambush the electoral process and confiscate results is an extreme scheme by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the Rivers state governorship election in controversy, seeing that there is no way they can take away victory from the PDP".

A civil society platform of election observers, the Situation Room, blamed low voter turnout in part on "excessive and heavy deployment of military and security personnel" that created fear and worries about neutrality.

The beaten presidential election candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said the involvement of the military was "unconstitutional".

The president and his wife, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) numbers 187 and 182 respectively, voted at exactly 8.08am to elect their preferred candidates for Katsina state governorship and House of Assembly.

He said the governorship election is one of the most keenly contested elections in Plateau State between the incumbent Governor Simon Lalong and the the PDP candidate, Jeremiah T. Useni.

Five journalists and two staff from the CoolWazobiaInfo FM Radio station were abducted for four hours by gunmen in military camouflage in the Rivers state capital Port Harcourt.

The governors are among the most influential politicians in Nigeria and many control budgets larger than those of small countries.

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The presidential election, which eventually took place on February 23, was delayed by a week after the electoral commission was unable to get ballots and results sheets to all areas on time.

The electoral commission INEC meanwhile said tens of thousands of voters could be affected by fires at its offices in the southern states of Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi, and central Benue.

Election observers also noted scattered reports of thuggery or suspected underage voters. Nigeria's electoral commission uses the centres to distribute materials and handle logistics.

Adewunmi Emoruwa, an analyst for the Gatefield Consultancy, a public affairs and media group in Abuja, said: "Local elections matter".

Reports from most parts of the country revealed that killings, ballot box snatching and the militarisation of the process militated against the elections.

"Abuja residents are not as interested in the local council elections as compared to the presidential polls, but the outcome of the last polls led to today's turnout", Suleiman said.

The AP also witnessed vote-buying in Delta state in the south, with votes going for as little as 1,000 naira.

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Mr Trump also seemed to indicate that United States negotiations with the North Koreans could be long term. "We'll see", he said. On February 22 and March 8 activity was seen at the Sanumdong missile production site in North Korea (site pictured above).


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