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Senate may legalise card reader in elections, says Orji


Use of the card reader being demonstrated ahead of tomorrow’s election

Use of the card reader being demonstrated ahead of tomorrow’s election

Canvasses support for Buhari, Ikpeazu

Despite deficiencies experienced in the use of card reader in the last elections, former Abia State Governor Theodore Orji has said the Senate may consider its legalisation in future elections.

Orji, now a Senator, made the disclosure on Tuesday, in Umuahia, shortly after being conferred with a chieftaincy title in Ngwa, saying the use of card reader could make for smoother elections and court adjudications on petitions.

The former governor also canvassed public support for the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, as well as the Okezie Ikpeazu government in Abia State.

Orji’s honour was in appreciation of his ensuring a power shift to a governor of Ngwa extraction.
The former governor, who described his tenure as rewarding, grouped his achievements under three feats.

According to him, his government broke away from the hitherto practice of subjecting political office appointees to swearing to oaths of allegiance before shrines.

He said his eight-year tenure ended the spate of kidnappings and related crimes, and also ensured the emergence of the first governor from Abia-South senatorial district, in the person of Ikpeazu, after the other two districts had produced governors at different times.

“These three accomplishments are very dear to my heart and would remain indelible and memorable,” he declared.

Not minding the political differences, he pledged to continue praying for the Buhari administration and that of his successor Ikpeazu.

As part of his resolve to ensure the success of his government, he vowed that he would not interfere in his government.

He said he prays for him “not to experience what I did from my own predecessor,” noting however that he was bound to advise him, especially as they belong to the same Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP).

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