President Muhammad Buhari has explained why he publicly displayed his ballot paper, which confirmed that he voted for the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Buhari said he has openly declared his support for Tinubu during campaigns across states including Sokoto, Katsina, and Nasarawa.
The president alongside Aisha, his wife, had earlier cast their votes at their polling unit in Daura, Katsina state.
The president and his wife voted at polling unit 003, Sarkin Yarn A ward at about 10:06 am on Saturday.
Buhari said he has always supported Tinubu, noting that displaying his ballot paper with his thumbprint for the candidate was to demonstrate his allegiance to the party.
“I am very impressed because I have seen how the people turned up. I am very impressed and very happy,” he said.
”Well, the candidate I voted for I have already mentioned him in many states in Nasarawa, Katsina, and Sokoto.
“All over the place I mentioned my favourite candidate, Asiwaju Tinubu, and I believe my constituency will elect him 100 percent.
“Nigerians should make sure that they are respected; that means that the candidate they want to vote for they are allowed to vote for him.
“It is a pity there is only one female candidate from Adamawa State, so the electorate should kindly follow our party.
Speaking on how he feels not appearing on the ballot as a candidate since 2003, he said “it is very 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”.