President Muhammadu Buhari says he openly displayed his ballot paper, with a thumbprint for the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, as a rare show of loyalty and support.
Buhari said he had reaffirmed his successor after campaigning for the political leader in many parts of the country, and the show of his ballot paper to the media and the public had further shown his commitment to the party and the national leader.
“All over the places, I mentioned my favourite candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu, and I believe my constituency will elect him 100 per cent,’’ said Buhari, who cast his vote alongside his wife, Aisha, and other family members at Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit 003.
However, several Nigerians have faulted the president’s action for contravening electoral laws.
Asked how he felt that it was the first time since 2003 that he was not on the ballot paper, the president said it was exciting.
“I look at those who are competing, and some of them are so agitated, and they didn’t know that I tried three times and ended up in the Supreme Court three times.
“The fourth time I said ‘God dey’, and God sent technology, Permanent Voters Card, so no fraudulent person can claim anything,’’ he stated.
The president further bragged that APC would win “from Daura to Lagos”.