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Nigeria Elections 2015 PDP rejects card readers

The party stated that it is concerned about the use of the machines because they have never been tested in any election.

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Femi Fani-Kayode

(Daily Post)

The Peoples Democratic Party has kicked against the planned use of card readers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the upcoming general elections.

The party stated that it is concerned about the use of the machines because they have never been tested in any election.

The PDP’s reservations were stated by the spokesperson for its campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode during a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, March 4.

“Our position on the card reader remains that the machine has not been tested in any election. There are bases for genuine concern over the use of the machine, for the first time, in a crucial election of this magnitude,” Fani-Kayode said.

“We are aware that the All Progressives Congress (APC), is working in cahoots with some strategically placed elements to use the card readers to frustrate accreditation in some parts of the country,” he added.

Fani-Kayode however denied reports that the PDP was planning to rig the elections.

“The PDP, having earned pass marks for overseeing the conduct of free and fair elections in the past, has no plans to compromise the coming elections,” he said.

“The truth is that we are not strategizing to shift the election dates. We are not trying to frame up Jega. We have no plans to plant any illegal substance in the bags of any of the leaders of the APC whenever they travel,” he added.

The spokesperson also added that the opposition party was simply peddling falsehood to gain public sympathy.

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