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Buhari explains why he displayed ballot paper after backlash



President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he openly displayed his ballot papers on Saturday shortly after voting at his Ward A, Sarkin Yara Polling Unit 003, in Daura, Katsina State.

The President, in a clear violation to rules by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against anyone displaying his ballot papers after voting, was pictured holding up the papers showing he had voted for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

However, following a backlash from Nigerians over the disregard for the INEC regulations, the President came up with the explanation that he displayed his ballot papers “as a show of loyalty and support” for Tinubu.

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Buhari, who spoke to selected journalists at his country home in Daura late on Saturday, said after he had campaigned vigorously for his candidate across the country, he had to reaffirm his support for the former Lagos State Governor.

He insisted that he had always supported the candidature of Tinubu, and showing his ballot paper to the media and the public had further shown his commitment to the party and the national leader.

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