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Abia PDP queries use of card reader on national polls


DESCRIBING the performance of the Card Reader  in the last Presidential and National Assembly election in Abia state as a disaster,  Chairman of the Abia State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  Senator Emma Nwaka has queried the INEC Chairman Professor Attahiru Jega  for seemingly not directing the use of manual accreditation  of voters nationwide  when the Card Reader failed.

He said while Card Reader accreditation was strictly applied in Abia state as a result of which many were disenfranchised , it was not the case in some states where manual accreditation was also deployed.

Speaking  to The Guardian in Umuahia , Nwaka hinged the state’s  performance on the faulty Card Reade and low turn out, pointing  out that when the Card Reader failed INEC should have  promptly directed the accreditation of voters manually in Abia state.

Although he commended the state electorate for what he called their “  keeping faith with the PDP”, Nwaka who was the chairman of the state PDP Campaign Organization added that his party would have performed better  if the  Card Reader had performed as expected.

“Despite this scenario and the fact that we did well in both political campaign and mobilization before the election, Abia PDP is  not leaving any stone unturned for April 11th governorship and State House of Assembly  election to ensure total victory as already assured us by the Abia electorate”, he remarked.

On the protests that followed the  election , including the delayed announcement of the Abia North Senatorial results  which he claimed  his PDP candidates won Nwaka advised the aggrieved to , rather than take to the streets in protest,  approach the constituted courts to seek redress and justice.

“ There must be winners and losers in all contests.  The losers and aggrieved should  emulate President Goodluck Jonathan who immediately conceded defeat and  congratulated his  opponent General Muhammadu Buhari.

By so doing , President Jonathan has set a record  no other Nigerian  leader had ever done .That is the way it should be in order for our democracy to grow rathewr than engage in protests if we do not win.

Somebody must win, somebody must lose.”

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