Acheme Jack, Kano
Governorship rerun election in Kano state north western Nigeria continue peacefully in most polling units under tight security.
Most streets in the state are being manned and paraded by security operatives
The police had earlier restricted movement from 6am to 6pm local time for the Saturday rerun.
At Gama ward Nassarawa LGA, which is at the center of the rerun, voters were being screened with evidence of voters card before they were being allowed into the premises of Suntulma Primary schools which covers six polling units.
Process was peaceful
At one of the polling units 062 Gama B the Presiding officer Abdulahi Ibrahim said materials arrived as early as 7:00 am and voting commenced 8:00 am local time.
Lubuma Hassan, a female who cast her vote at polling unit 043, Layi Rijia, Gama Ward said the process was peaceful as she encountered no difficulty.
At Gwamaja ward in Dala LGA, polling units at Kofar Mazuga Primary school equally witnessed peaceful election.
Halilu Dawuda said the initial problem they had in the area were issues of political thugs but the intervention of security operatives especially brought the situation to normalcy.
The driven thugs could be seen meters away from the polling units.
While driving them, Journalists clothes were being harassed as they took cover in Mosques around the area.
The election has so far recorded large turnout as both male and female voters were seen on the queue while many had voted and left based on INEC records cited at the polling units.
The rerun is a product of an inconclusive election declared by INEC based on the 9th March governorship election. In the election Governor Umar Ganduje of APC had 987, 810 and PDP candidate Abbah Kabir had 1
, 014 477 with a 26, 655 leading margin.
However, the cancelled votes as a result of over voting and violence was 128, 572 which by law permits INEC to organize a rerun according to section 26 of the INEC law.