The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the governments at all levels to articulate strategies to mitigate the menace of flood and forestall such devastation in the future. The party made the call in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Wednesday. Ologbondiyan urged the Federal Government and other public-spirited groups and individuals to immediately come to the aid of the communities and victims of flood-ravaged parts of the country to alleviate their sufferings. He consoled the victims of the devastating flood, which ravaged communities, homes, businesses and farmlands in Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Anambra and other states in the country. “The PDP commiserates with the government and people of Kebbi state where no fewer than 500,000 hecters of rice farmland was submerged by flood. “We also identify with compatriots in communities in Nasarawa state where houses were destroyed by flood as well as citizens.” Ologbondiyan said that the party also identified with people in nine Local Governments in Kogi state, who were affected by flood occasioned by the increase in the volume of water from River Niger and River Benue. He said that the PDP was grieved over the traumatising death of about 18 compatriots, who lost their lives when the bus they were traveling in plunged into the Akeze-Ukwu River in Ebonyi. He described the accident as painful and devastating, given that the victims were members of a group returning from the burial of a loved one. Ologbondiyan, however, commended the intervention of officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), and other good-spirited Nigerians, which led to the rescue of some of the passengers, now receiving treatment. “Our party commiserates with Gov. Dave Umahi, the government and people of Ebonyi state and prays God to console the families of the victims and grant speedy recovery to the wounded.” The PDP also commiserated with the Police on the death of retired CSP. Livinus Mba, who was among those that lost their lives in the accident.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to compromise the credibility of Ondo Governorship election with the contemplation of using the Z-pad technology in voter accreditation process.

The Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, PDP National Campaign Council for Ondo Governorship election, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, gave the advice in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

Ologbondiyan said the campaign recalls that the Z-pad technology had failed during a test-run deployment for voter accreditation in Nasarawa by-election.

The situation, according to him, informed its rejection by INEC for voter accreditation in the Sept. 19, Edo state governorship election, where it was only used to assist in direct uploading of results to INEC’s virtual portal.

“We, therefore, urge INEC to limit the Z-pad technology to the purpose for which it has helped the commission to attain integrity as witnessed in the Edo governorship election.”

Ologbondiyan also urged INEC to discountenance the blackmail against the replacement of the over 5,000 card readers that were burnt by alleged agents of a party to frustrate the conduct of a credible governorship election in Ondo state.

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“The PDP campaign, standing with the people of Ondo state, demands that the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, personally oversights the processes of recruitment of state polling officers.

“Our demand is predicated on information available to us that INEC officials detailed to handle the process are about being compromised to engage a party’s members as INEC ad hoc staff with a view to using them to rig the election.

“For us in the PDP campaign, the irreducible minimum standard of the integrity for the Ondo election is to adapt the achievement attained by the commission in the Sept. 19, Edo state governorship election.

“We want to inform INEC and all stakeholders that we will follow every process in the Ondo election to ensure that the Ondo people are not robbed of their legitimate votes at any level of the electoral process.”

He called on INEC and security agencies to invite and caution those planning acts of violence and cited the incidence in Oba-Akoko, where PDP candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, was almost assassinated, but for the intervention of the people.
Ologbondiyan appreciated the overwhelming support accorded to Jegede, across the length and breadth of Ondo state.

INEC Chairman at the meeting with traditional rulers in Akure had said that the commission had dropped the use of Z-pad for accreditation in the election.

Yakubu said that the z-pad had two functions of uploading the results of polling units and to support the smart card readers for accreditation of voters.

Yakubu said that the commission had, however, yet to perfect the component for accreditation, “so we thought it was risky to introduce a new technology in a major governorship election.

“So, we have dropped the use for verification as we will improve on it,” Yakubu said.


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