Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose said on Thursday that the energy being dissipated by the All Progressive Congress in advocating for the use of card reader in the coming elections was another sinister motive of the party to cause confusion during and after the election.
The press statement issued Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti reads:
Fayose noted that APC is known for its penchant for promotion of confusion and division in Nigeria for political gain even at the expense of the well being and unity of the country.
He explained that in as much as the usage of the card reader is noble the preparation of the INEC for it has been very poor which is believed to be a conspiracy between the electoral body with the APC if the agitation of the APC on the card reader is anything to rely upon.
Mr Fayose explained that INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega has told Nigerian that the card reader battery can go flat at most five hour which means that unless there is alternative power supply the machine will be rendered useless after the battery has gone flat.
The question now is that will the INEC provide power generators in each of the poling unit in the whole country so that by the time the battery is down the electoral officers could switch to the alternative power; Without this the introduction of the card reader is nonsense.
The governor also said that Nigerian should know that INEC has never hidden the fact that the card readers are internet base in delivery and considering the fact that most of the Nigeria towns and villages are not fixed with internet that means that the card can not deliver until when it get to where there is internet to deliver its result then it means that the usage would be a failure because a lot of contradictory information would have dealt havoc on the entire exercise before the card reader can deliver its results.
Fayose estressed that when the election in Ekiti and Osun States were conducted the Independent National Electoral Commission didn’t use the card reader , APC did not cry wolf so also when the governorship elections in Anambra and Edo States were conducted without card reader APC didn’t raise a foot but now that they know there is no way its presidential candidate can win without rigging they want Nigeria to see sense in the usage of card reader that had never be tested or acknowledged to be free from manipulation.
“I can say boldly that the leadership of APC have hidden agenda in the usage of the card reader that is why their clamour for it has been so vociferous when they know abinitio that there is no way their patty can win this election.”
“They are looking for preemptive excuses for violence during and after the election so that they can gain some undue sympathy whereas the usage of the card reader is not important to the election as the availability of security which they campaigned against like hell on earth”
The Governor posited that in all the recent elections where has the use of card reader became a disputable discus to warrant the unwarranted campaign for it by the APC saying that the party has left campaign for their ailing presidential candidate, Major General Mohamodu Buhari to card reader in which they believe could be manipulated in their favour and when it fails to blame it on PDP or President Goodluck Jonathan thereby their supporters can go to town with their chaos.
He added that APC as a pary has never supported or advanced the course of progress of Nigeria, rather the party enjoys seeing the nation in crisis always that is why their recent clamour for the usage of card reader gas further exposed their retrogressive antics.