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Agbaje doubts credibility of elections over card reader failure

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Gubernatorial candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje, doubted the credibility of the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections due to card readers failures he and his wife experienced during accreditation to voting.

Agbaje, who arrived with his wife at their polling unit, Ward A, unit 004 Apapa at 11:10 am could not exercise their voting rights through the card reader machine after several attempts, they were thereafter accredited through the manual processes.

Speaking with journalists, Agbaje said, “The card reader didn’t work for me and my wife and some other people. As far as I am concerned that card reader is not working and that opens rooms to all kind of insinuation and mischief.

Agbaje said, “For me, where you still have a situation where you have to by-pass the card reader, it means we have not yet gotten it right. The process is therefore opened to all kind of manipulations. if a card reader doesn’t work, it means somebody could collude with some officials and with a wrong PVC. Such a person would by-pass the system and games can be played.”

He also decried limited numbers of ballot papers deployed at some polling units in the state.

“In Eti Osa ward 9, instead of 500 ballot papers, we were told that 400 were produced. There was an issue at Ikorodu but we have been told that it’s been resolved,” Agbaje said.

Agbaje expressed confidence that PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar would emerge the winner of the election if credible.

He urged the electorates to stand by their votes as the law allows them to do so.

“I am more confident now than before about the chances of my candidate but the matter is that is it credible, that’s key,” Agbaje said.

Agbaje called on the electorates to vote for credible candidates at all the elections, stressing that Nigeria needs leaders that are ready to move the country forward.


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