A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olabode George, on Monday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure there are enough card readers as back-up per polling unit in case of failure.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos, George said there was the need for a good contingency and back-up plan in case of failure of the card readers on election days.
He said, “It is brilliant to come up with the card reader. But INEC must come up with two, three or four systems per polling unit as back up instead of saying people will vote the next day in areas where it fails.
“There are millions of polling units across the nation, which means millions of untested card readers for the Permanent Voter Cards. Asking people to come back the second day may lead to chaos.
“We must also envisage what may happen if the machine fails to read people’s cards. All these must be taken into consideration in order to avoid crisis”.
The PDP chief noted that if the cards were swiped and did not work, it could spark off the violence that Nigeria wanted to avoid at all cost.
According to him, the 2015 general elections are very strategic to Nigeria.
George added, “This election will be the first after our 100 years as a nation. We must guarantee that it works.
“Nigeria cannot afford any experimentation at this stage. What I have just explained is logical and not partisan.
“Those making the card reader issue a partisan issue must remember that the nation’s continued unity must come before our individual interests.
“This was similar to the controversy that trailed the postponement of the election. If Nigeria had gone to election on February 14, millions of Nigerians would have been disenfranchised.
“This election will define the future of this country”. (NAN)
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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