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Clark queries INEC for using APC member to supply sensitive materials


Edwin Kiagbodo Clark

Leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, has expressed reservations that the 2019 elections may have been compromised in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)

This follows revelations that owner of the firm that printed and supplied sensitive materials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Activate Technology Limited, Mohammed Sani Musa, is a card carrying member of the party and now a Senatorial candidate in Niger State.

Clark wondered why INEC would engage an interested party as contactor for the production of sensitive materials including permanent voter cards (PVCs) and smart card readers (SCRs) for the polls. Clark, who stated this at a media briefing in Kiagbodo, Delta State yesterday, also lampooned INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, for postponing the exercise despite assuring all stakeholders that 13 of 14 processes needed for the polls were achieved few weeks earlier.

He said there was more to the reasons advanced by INEC for the postponement “than meets the ordinary eye.”Clark noted that many of the anwers to questions posed to INEC on February 16, when he met with stakeholders were unsatisfactory.

For instance, he noted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s representative, Osita Chidoka, specifically asked the INEC Chairman about one of its contractors, Musa, who was involved in the production and supply of some sensitive materials.He (Chidoka) said Musa, has been a card-carrying member of APC since 2015, and now a Senatorial candidate in Niger State.

Clark added that he was not satisfied with Yakubu’s answer at the meeting that the company had been working satisfactorily with INEC since 2011.He noted that in 2015, a petition was written against the company then operating as Act Technology Limited but changed its name to Activate Technology Limited in 2019 over the planned use of smart card readers for the election then. He said their complaints about INEC’s experimentation with smart cards and the fact that Musa is also closely associated with APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as widely reported, was justified after the 2015 elections.

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