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Card Reader Fails To Read Jonathan’s Fingerprint Again, Advices Review Of Machine Before 2019

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Goodluck-Jonathan-AccreditationAs the governorship election got underway in Bayelsa State some few hours ago, the card reader failed to recognize the fingerprint of former President Goodluck Jonathan during the accreditation process at Otazi, Playground, Polling Unit 039, Ward 13, Otuoke, Ogbia LGA.

The technical glitch brought fresh memories of what happened during the March 28 presidential poll, when the card readers failed to read Mr. Jonathan’s fingerprints.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials had to bring another card reader for the ex-president’s use.

While speaking to reporters on the situation, Jonathan said “I advise that before the 2019 election, the whole concept of card reader and the technology must be reviewed”.

The former president added: “I’m quite worried about the card reader issue this morning. Luckily, this is an isolated, one-state election. But from my experiences today, INEC must review this issue of PVC and card readers very well before we go into the next election”.

Mr. Jonathan recalled that: “In the last presidential elections, myself and my wife’s PVCs were rejected by the card reader. Today, because they changed mine and that of my wife’s, it was successful”.

“Five people came with me including a former commissioner known to me in the state. The card reader rejected three others. They could not have been carrying cloned cards”, the former president noted.

Mr. Jonathan, who maintained his composure throughout the ordeal, admonished Bayelsans to be calm and see politics as a duty to bring about change in the society.

He averred that a transparent and credible election are hallmarks of democracy, adding that when elections are not peaceful, they cannot be said to be credible.

According to the ex-president, the votes of the citizens must count, reiterating that “all my people from Bayelsa State should ensure that we conduct a peaceful and credible election”.

He further stated that come what might, whoever emerged governor after the voting exercise should govern the state well.

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

Also Read: Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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