Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) has expressed the party’s reservations on the use of card readers in the forthcoming elections, saying the machine has not been tested in any election.
This was even as the party expressed satisfaction with the distribution of permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the last two weeks.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Director of Media and Publicity of PDPPCO, Femi Fani-Kayode, noted that the electoral body was able to achieve the feat due to the shift in the initial dates fixed for the polls.
He said: “We are happy that many eligible voters are now going out to collect their PVCs. We know that the All progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders are not happy about this development because they had wanted to railroad themselves on the nation through a compromised and rigged election.
“How can they be happy when the advantage they obviously enjoyed before the postponement of the February 14 presidential election has now been removed?”
Fani-Kayode, however, expressed the party’s reservations about the card readers for the forthcoming elections.
The former Aviation Minister premised the party’s position to an alleged plot by the APC to ensure that the card readers were effective in certain parts of the country, while it would be made ineffective to frustrate accreditation of voters in some states.
The PDPPCO spokesman warned the main opposition party against the alleged plot as he declared that it would be resisted by PDP faithful.
Fani Kayode said: Fani Kayode said: “Our position on the card readers remains that the machine has not been tested in any election and there are bases for genuine concern over the use of the machine, for the first time, in a crucial election of this magnitude.
“We are aware of the plot by the APC, working in cahoots with some strategically placed and retrogressive elements, to use the card readers to frustrate accreditation in some parts of the country while not enforcing strict use of the machines in some other parts.
“ The truth is that if they go ahead with that wicked plot, the APC and its collaborators will only be preparing the ground for mass resistance. They can be rest assured that we will not sit by idly and allow such a thing to unfold.”