2019: This Is Why Buhari Loves Card Reader
Do you remember the card reader machine that almost made former President Goodluck Jonathan not able to vote in his home town, Otuoke in the 2015 general election that he eventually lost to President Muhammadu Buhari?
There is something President Buhari wants you to know about the card reader machine.
In the past few weeks, there have been series of reports and insinuations about why President Buhari refused to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018 for the third time, but there is something that the presidency wants you to know about that.
One of such things is that President Muhammadu Buhari is the number one fan of the card reader machine. So says the president's spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu.
Why does he love it so much?
President Buhari had tried to be president of Nigeria 3 times before he defeated Dr. Jonathan in his 4th attempt.
He vehemently believes that the card reader machine gave him that victory, despite the school of thought that Dr. Jonathan lost because Nigerians wanted anyone, but the Bayelsa man to continue to rule the nation.
In a statement on Sunday, issued by Mr Shehu, the presidency dismissed insinuations which it claimed emanated from opposition politicians and some newspaper editorial opinions that are creating the impression that President Buhari was "against e-voting, the use of card readers in the upcoming elections".
They had claimed that it was the reason he decided to decline assent, for the third time, to the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2018.
"As for his alleged rejection of the card reader, nothing can be farther from the truth.
"The President is the country’s number one fan of the card reader.
"For a candidate who ran three times and “lost” in an electoral environment in which votes were allocated and losers asked to go to court if they felt unhappy, the President knows fully well the role that the card reader played in his emergence in 2015.
"He has said times without number that he would strengthen and widen its application in the country and this, he is determined to do," the statement read.
The President's spokesman also emphasised that President Buhari had no issues with the e-voting or card reader.
"We wish to state in clear and unambiguous terms that the issue of e-voting and use of card readers was NEVER an issue for the President’s decision to decline assent to the Bill.
"It is equally important that this issue was not raised either by the Executive or the Legislature in the recent reviews.
"Moreover, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adoption of e-voting reforms is enshrined in the 2015 Amendment Act to the Electoral Reform Act.
"Card reader is therefore a settled matter.
"The President’s recent decision to decline assent to the Bill has no effect whatsoever on INEC’s use of card readers.
"Regrettably, purveyors of ‘fake news’ have been quick to churn out sensational headlines such as that of a leading newspaper, which screamed: “Card Reader in Jeopardy, Buhari Rejects Electoral Act Amendment Bill Again," Mr Shehu stated.
Giving a hint on why the President rejected the Amendment Bill, the presidency said an issue had been raised by the President concerning some ill-prepared and flawed parts of the bill for which corrections needed to be made to allow for his signature.
"The President wanted engagement with the parliament for the corrections to be effected so that, at the end of the day, both arms of government will be happy with the fact that we have a good electoral law in place.
"The President is not in confrontation with the parliament on this issue. He has asked his officials to dialogue with the legislature for the corrections to be effected.
"Accordingly, we would like to appeal, especially to the media to disregard baseless allegations against the President, even as he puts in his best efforts in working with the National Assembly to give the nation a good electoral law, and in time.
"The card reader is not in danger of being discarded. It is a sine qua non for credible elections.
"We appeal to the National Assembly to reconvene as soon as possible to consider and approve the necessary corrections to the amended electoral act," the statement added.
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