The presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, alleged that leaders of the APC in collusion with INEC have tampered with the Smart Card Readers (SCR) meant for the South South, South East and North Central ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
Atiku, a former vice president, who spoke during the 84th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP, said a cabal in the APC-led government had sent its agents abroad where they were allegedly given training on how to manipulate the operations of the card readers.
“We have just discovered that the APC has hired many of their operatives and have taken them to China to be trained, and they have been so trained, and they are back, and they are equipped with devices that are meant to slow or fasten our card readers,” Atiku said.
“So, if you are in the South-South, South-East and North-Central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives.
“We have seen the machines; we have interviewed some of those who have gone on this training, and we have passed that information to the campaign council to pass to you.
“But if you are from the North-West or North-East, the tendency is that they will use these machines to fast-track the readings of your card readers so that many of their supporters can vote while disenfranchising the other three zones.
“I thought you should know that we have supplied the information to the campaign council, and you will even see the copy of the machine which each and every one of those operatives is to hold. It is like a telephone but that is its job. I felt I should let you know, and you should be guided accordingly,” Atiku said.
Atiku also said Buhari was not a democrat, saying the president had consistently violated the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution with impunity.
“We have fought more ruthless dictators than himself. A precondition for free, fair and credible election is that the people can freely vote the candidate of their choice.
“When you people are talking about democracy, I have always said that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is not a democrat, he has never been a democrat. We started the fight to drive the military, he was never there, he never participated.
“You can see that he just wore the gab of democracy so that he can come back to power and do whatever he is doing. So, Gen. Buhari is not a democrat; he doesn’t believe in democracy, he is a lip service, he is more of a power monger than a democrat,” he added.
The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke at the meeting noted that INEC was planning to rig the election, alleging that the voters’ register contained the data of dead voters.
“Permanent voters’ cards for dead voters were printed and distributed nationwide. We have evidence that over 1,050,051 dead voters will ‘vote’ in this election. The idea of ghost voters is consistent with the nature of this virtual president,” Secondus said.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu and former Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shema were at the meeting.
Others present included Senate President Bukola Saraki, his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former Senate President, David Mark; former minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki and the BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin, among others.