2019: Buhari Thanks God For Technology And PVC
The use of technology in electoral process in Nigeria has come to stay and President Muhammadu Buhari is happy about this.
A general election that will hold in 2019 is drawing near and the President is happy that things have moved away from what they used to be.
Nigeria's electoral process received a tweak with the injection of technology in the system in 2015 elections and President Buhari, who benefited from it, could relate the credibility of the election that brought him to power to this technological input.
His comment came when he received members of the Buhari Support Group Centre (BSGC) at the State House on Friday,
He gave them insight into what technology and the Permanent Voter Card could do in coming election.
President Buhari says God’s divine intervention and the use of technology during the 2015 elections exposed the weakness of previous processes where a privileged few sat and allocated figures to constituencies during elections.
“They just sit and look at a constituency and they award the numbers, then they say anybody who disagrees should go to court. Now, for somebody who is looking for the next meal where does he get money to pay Senior Advocates of Nigeria?
“Thank God for technology, with the PVC you know where you registered and it can be shown whether you voted or not,’’ the President said.
He advised Nigerians to get their voters card for the 2019 elections, and ensure that they vote to please their conscience with pride as citizens.
Observers' report after Ekiti had decried the inducement of voters with money, but President Buhari believes it is no longer possible to buy votes, since voters are more sophisticated.
“Some of the people thought to be uneducated and unsophisticated are very educated and sophisticated during elections. '
"For those who have money to give they say bring the money we will still do what we want to do,’’ he stated.
The President also again explained why he declared his intention to contest the 2019 Presidential Elections known early, saying it was in order to douse rising speculations and give the party, All Progressives Congress (APC), enough time to prepare for the polls.
He told the support group that he had noticed that speculations were already constituting distraction to governance and stirring tensions, so he had to declare during the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.
A statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted him as saying that he "had to announce before the National Executive Committee of our party about my intention to ask for the party’s nomination for next year’s election so that we can save a lot of time and cool tempers".
“A lot people were trying to make it a habit of being a nuisance to themselves and many Nigerians, so when I came out I said those who are serious let them come out.
“And I tried to make sure that the party is organized and consolidated so that we start from the bottom to the top, and that Nigerians will be involved in a way that each constituency will pick those that are going to represent them at various levels, whether as Local Government chairmen, in the State Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and finally the president,’’ he said.
The President said early declaration guaranteed more participation and inclusivity within the party, and further strengthened the bond with supporters and Nigerians.
“Some of the people thought to be uneducated and unsophisticated are very educated and sophisticated during elections; for those who have money to give they say bring the money we will still do what we want to do,’’ he added.
President Buhari then commended the BSGC for all the sacrifice and steadfastness in championing his candidacy.
In his remarks, the Coordinator of the BSGC, Umaru Dembo, assured the President of their support.
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