By The Guardian
Nigeria’s long-awaited presidential election went ahead on Saturday, marred by heavy gunfire in the north-east, killings in the south and reports of technology failures and vote buying across the country.
Some voters arrived at polling stations at 3am to ensure their ballot was counted in an election dominated by the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, and a former vice-president Atiku Abubakar.
“I will congratulate myself. I’m going to be the winner,” Buhari said after casting his vote in his northern hometown of Daura, responding to a question about whether he would congratulate his opponent if he lost.
The country’s electoral commission INEC had postponed the vote by a week just five hours before polls were due to open last weekend, raising questions about why it had not anticipated the logistical challenges it cited earlier. It was with relief, and lingering suspicion of INEC, that many voters took their places in queues across Africa’s most populous nation.