By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA-THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP House of Representatives caucus Monday met to strategise on how to ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC jettisons the use of a card reader in the forthcoming elections.
Vanguard reliably gathered that PDP lawmakers who were invited by their leaders to design ways and means to ensure that the card reader described as an alien instrument was constitutional.
Some of the lawmakers who spoke to Vanguard under the condition of anonymity said the card reader has not been tested in any part of the country and should not be tested with a major election like that of presidential and. National Assembly elections.
They argued that its usage now may spell doom for the general elections if it finally fails at the wee hours of the election.
A top ranking member of the House told Vanguard that” using the card reader in an important election like this is dangerous as its veracity has not been ascertained.
He explained further that”another issue INEC must urgently look into is that of the card reader that has turned into another major source of concern”.
“This is the first time the apex electoral body is using it and for a very sensitive election like that of the presidential election and that of the National Assembly it could spell doom if it suddenly packs up”.
“If it fails what happens because it has not been tested in any part of Nigeria it would have been better if it is used to conduct a bye election not a major election like this one because it has not been properly verified”.
The meeting which was held in a major hotel in Apo axis of Abuja was well attended by PDP lawmakers.
As at the tim e of filing this report the meeting was still on-going.