PDP Reject Card Reader For Election By INEC

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There were indications that the Presidency and
the Peoples Democratic Party were already
commencing tactics aimed at frustrating the
decision of the Independent National Electoral
Commission to make use of card readers for the
2015 elections.
Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja on
Monday and Tuesday, indicated that the ruling
party and the Presidency were already looking at
the possibility of mobilising Nigerians to demand
that the use of card readers for the election be
This is coming as a former National Chairman of
the ruling party, who is now a chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said
there were signs that the PDP was not interested
in holding the elections.
Rather, Ogbeh said, the party was still hell-bent
on foisting interim government on Nigeria.
A source in the Presidency, who spoke on
condition of anonymity with our correspondent in
Abuja on Tuesday, said that both the Presidency
and some members of the National Working
Committee of the party had been asked to
continue to either condemn the use of the card
readers for the elections or also that the
commission be told to allow Nigerians to use the
Temporary Voter Card instead of the Permanent
Voter Card for the election.
He said, “We are not comfortable with the card
readers. For example, we have not seen any and
we don’t know how it works.
“What will happen if the card readers fail to work?
We have not even been told that they would not
fail. And if they fail, what would happen. I think
the issue of card readers must be re-examined.”
The commission had said that it would introduce
card readers for voters’ accreditation in order to
verify the rightful owners of PVCs.
It said that the device would eliminate
impersonation and voting by proxy during the
Meanwhile, the Director General of the PDP
Presidential Campaign Organisation, Amadi Ali, on
Monday criticised the electoral commission for the
postponed elections.
He said the electoral body was not fully ready for
the polls.
Ali, who spoke at a press conference which was
also attended by the Director of Media and
Publicity of the organisation, Chief Femi Fani-
Kayode, also criticised the use of card readers for
the elections.
He said, “There are also reports that the PVC
readers are not fully distributed and tested. How
can INEC handle cases of faulty card readers?
“Do they have a credible plan B in situation where
voters line up and the card readers refuse to
work? Ballot boxes are reportedly inadequate.
Adequate training of INEC’s members of staff for
the election had not been concluded and other
problems facing INEC.
“Quite clearly the shift in election date is meant to
save INEC from monumental embarrassment. I
would like to reiterate that the PDP is ready for
the election any day.”
But Ogbeh in a statement, insisted that the PDP
was not ready for the elections and advised
Nigerians to reject any call for the installation of
ING by the government.
He said that the letter sent to the Chairman of
INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, by the National Security
Adviser, Col. Dansuki Sambo (retd.), in which he
asked for elections postponement by six weeks
must be properly digested by Nigerians.
Ogbeh said, “Does this not suggest that we
should expect high level theatric manipulation as
the six weeks get closer to convince us that
another six weeks will be necessary?
“Isn’t this a ploy to ensure we enter May 29
without an election on the grounds of a
nationwide instability? Doesn’t this then give
credence to the rumours, and indeed, the
declaration in a rowdy press conference four days
ago by Dr. Doyin Okupe that they have no
intention of handing over to Maj. Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)?
“Isn’t this leading to the strongly rumoured
Interim National Government? It is time for all
Nigerians to take heed that there is a stormy and
dark clouds ahead.”
He said that Nigeria had been reduced to
children’s playground where individuals and
groups presumed that they could name on their
own without recourse to the constitution and the
slightest respect for the 170 million Nigerians.
Source:- Punch

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