By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Saturday lampooned the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega over the card reader machine glitches during the Presidential and National Assembly elections, saying that Nigerians should hold the INEC boss responsible.
In a statement, Saturday by the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said that the malfunctioning of card readers in many polling units in parts of the country has forced the INEC to extend the election to Sunday in areas where the card readers failed and the electoral boy had resorted to manual accreditation.
Fani-Kayode who noted that the fears that PDP had all along expressed over the use of card readers for this crucial election have now been confirmed, said, “We had raised a number of issues about the card reader; for instance, we had argued that the card reader should have been test-run for a smaller election before deploying it for an election of this magnitude; we had raised other concerns, but the INEC under the Chair of Professor Attahiru Jega, had insisted on using the machine.
“Now that the machine has messed up the elections in many polling booths in parts of the country, necessitating the extension of the exercise to Sunday, it is now very clear that our party, the PDP, and the Presidential Campaign Organisation were right after all in their reservations about the use of the card readers.
“The malfunctioning of the machine is just the first instance of the imperfection and deliberate sinister designs for which INEC, acting in cahoots with the APC, wanted to deploy the machine. The other components of the sinister designs will soon unravel to the shock of Nigerians.
“Apart from the card readers that largely malfunctioned to the extent that our presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan could not have his fingerprint verified, result sheets were not provided in many places.