Nigeria2015: Tinubu backs use of card readers

Bola Tinubu

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has thrown his weight behind the use of card readers for the forthcoming general elections.

In a statement released Tuesday, Mr. Tinubu said that the Peoples’ Democratic Party was afraid of the will of the people and what their cards would read.

“The PDP remains in virtually the same position they occupied in early February,” said Mr. Tinubu. “They look behind them to find the people no longer there. They are angry because they think the people have deserted them at the eleventh hour.

“The greater truth is that they abandoned the people at the very dawn of this administration. They will now reap the dividends of their indifference. Just as they did a week before the original February election date, all senior PDP figures have run into the street not to contest in the elections but to contest against elections being had at all.”

Mr. Tinubu said that the PDP remained afraid of the outcome of a free and fair exercise, and would rather the election failed to hold.

“This is the reason they vehemently haggle about the use of a card reader for the elections,” he said. They have belatedly learned the card reader will prevent customary electoral malpractices.

“The reader will separate them from their cherished weapons of multiple voting and ballot stuffing. The best hope for them to manufacture victory is to manufacture reasons to nix the card readers, thus necessitating a last-minute reversal to the old, discredited process.”

There has been heightened controversy over the planned use of card readers for the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Two weeks ago, 15 political parties and five presidential candidates threatened to pull out of the elections if INEC insists on going ahead with the electronic device.

According to the parties, INEC should revert to the old manual verification and confirmation of voter’s cards for the elections.

However, speaking at a town hall meeting in Abuja on Monday, Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairman, dismissed opposition to the electronic card readers as “diversionary” and a ploy to move the Commission backwards.
“If we don’t use card readers, we will lose respect and credibility,” said Mr. Jega, a professor of Political Science. “We will be going back to old ways when alteration of results was possible.”

In his statement on Tuesday, Mr. Tinubu backed Mr. Jega’s position, noting that the process was “not materially different than what takes place in other nations.”

“The claim that use of the cards will disenfranchise voters is bogus,” said Mr. Tinubu. “The world over, voters are required to register to vote and to present at the polling booth on election day a voter registration card.

“Neither the card nor the reader itself is used to cast votes. The card is a form of identification, an important and effective method internal control, verification and confirmation, affirming the voter is the eligible to participate in this important civic exercise.

“In the old system, the voter still had to present a voter registration card that would be verified by the appropriate electoral official. The verification process was porous and inaccurate due in part to innocent human error and to wilful malpractice.”

By making the verification process dependent on computer-read biometrics, Mr. Tinubu said, the elements of human error and mischief would be eliminated from the process.

“Fingerprints cannot be altered nor can the machine’s reading of them be distorted,” he said. “Only those entitled to cast ballots will be allowed to receive a ballot to cast. I cannot understand how anyone with even the pretence of a democratic bone in his body can bemoan this improvement.”

The APC leader, however, admitted that the card-reading machines were imperfect but noted that the alternative was fraught with greater imprecision.

“Each national election conducted in Nigeria since 1999 has been a feat of ample rigging and malpractice,” Mr. Tinubu said. “That is the way of the old system. It incentivizes gross impropriety.

“This new way discourages if not prevents it. Unless the card readers are being sabotaged by PDP agents, the possibility of a massive failure of the readers is so scant as to be statistically implausible.

“The rate of innocent human error inherent in the old system far exceeds that of computer error in the new one. When we add the high rate of wilful mischief and wrongdoing the old system condoned, the new digital path is vastly superior to the reversion the PDP would have us make.”


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  • egoigwe

    Who owns ACT-Technologies?

    • jude L/A USA

      Oh, you 4got? It’s your family!!! Rubbish.

      • egoigwe

        Hey, Mr L/A USA wannabe, my family would, if your mother owns Tinubu’s manhood.

        • taiwo

          abeg ignore the e rodent

  • Jones

    When Tinubu makes a statement, there is evidence of strategic thinking and intelligent logic in it. When Femi Aribisala makes a statement, there is evidence of prepaid and incoherent mindset devilishly attempting convert rumour to fact; When ‘Food for Kayode’ makes a statement, there is clear evidence and putrid smell of brain damaging preparations called ‘gbana’ by street consumers. When Fayose says anything, you are immediately reminded of the unsteady mind of a market place lunatic. When president Jonathan makes a statement, you find complete emptiness and lack of clear thought,- a man simply being forced by position to comment on what he hardly understood. When Buhari speaks, leadership qualities become clearer and simple.

    • church mind

      I like your view!!. More so let’s remind Nigerians that this same govt introduced digital and condemned analog, introduced CBT, now all Applications for NIS, NA, NAF,Navy,NCS and many more are done on computer,this same govt introduced card readers, sponsored their purchase all to tell Nigerians that this Card readers shouldn’t be used.
      WHAT ARE WE TAKEN FOR ????????
      I m not a party to inconsistency so I support its USAGE!!

      • taiwo


  • maureen

    The UK is predicted to drop to 11th place in the rankings of the world’s largest economies by 2050, as the global economic power shift away from the established advanced economies in North America, Western Europe and Japan continues over the next 35 years. This will happen despite a projected marked slowdown in Chinese growth after 2020, according to the latest in PwC’s series of reports on ‘The World in 2050’.
    The report also finds, however, that the UK is doing well compared to its G7 peer group in terms of growth, which is projected to average around 2.4% per annum over the period to 2050. This is similar to the US and above growth rates in the major Eurozone economies, which are only projected to average around 1.5-2% per annum for the same period.
    John Hawksworth, PwC’s chief economist, said:
    “Emerging economies like Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico have the potential to be larger than the UK and France by 2030. Indonesia could rise as high as 4th place in the world rankings by 2050 if it can sustain growth-friendly policies.
    “But despite expecting the UK to drop out of the top 10 largest economies by 2050, the projected average UK growth rate to 2050 is stronger than other large Western European economies such as Germany, Italy and Spain that face even bigger challenges than the UK from ageing populations and slowing productivity growth.”
    The world economy is projected to grow at an average of around 3% per annum from 2014-50 – doubling in size by 2037 and nearly tripling by 2050. But there is likely to be a slowdown in global growth after 2020, as the rate of expansion in China and some other major emerging economies moderates to a more sustainable long-term rate, and as working age population growth slows in many large economies.
    Table 1: Projected global GDP rankings in real PPP terms (at constant 2014 dollars)

    • Ogom

      Please, how is this relevant?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    So, this thief called Tinubu is still talking? Na wah o.

  • isaac

    Yes, Tinubu is backing card reader because PDP is so dumb to award card PVC contract to his ACT company?!!!

  • samuel


    Your future depends on your choice

    Fellow Nigerians, we have Just few days to our elections and below are some vital things we must consider before casting our vote.

    1. Buhari killed Ben ogedengbe by a death penalty for a crime that didn’t carry death penalty when he committed it.

    2. Buhari doesn’t attend the Federal Council meetings yet collects his allowances. Mr. Integrity indeed.

    3. Buhari canceled former Governor Jakande’s metroline and forfeited the $50 million paid for it by the then Lagos State Government

    4 Buhari used Violence to stop the September 1985 National Conference of the National AssociatIon of Nigeria Students.

    5. Buhari jailed Tai Solarin and denied him his asthma drugs simply because he campaigned against military rule and for democracy.

    6. Buhari Jailed Nduka irabor and Tunde Thompson for writing a truthful report which embarrassed his Government

    7. Buhari raided respected Papa Awolowo’s house and seized his passport so he couldn’t travel out of the country. Was he also corrupt?

    8.Buhari threw Former vice President Alex Ekweme in jail even though it was proven that Ekweme never stole any money.

    9. He jailed honest and respected pa Adekunle Ajasin.

    10. He jailed Fela Kuti in I984 for singing against the dictatorial tendencies of his Military Government

    11 Doctors, remember that Buhari banned the Nigeria medical Association (NMA)

    12. Buhari stopped Ooni of Ife for traveling abroad simply because he visited the holy land of Israel in 1984

    13. He broke up press conference of ASSU in 1984 and detained four of their executives

    14 He jailed Beko Ransome Kuti who only demanded for the release of his brother.

    15 He jailed Dr. Sam Onunaka Mbakwe.

    16 He jailed Awwal Ibrahim now the Emir of Niger State before IBB pushed him aside.
    Nigerians must be careful with what they wish for!
    Please share this post to keep Nigeria democratic and free from oppression…….I am a gejite and I endorse this message

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      Same old stories that do nothing to help this government’s cause. Malaysia and Indonesia now kill off Nigerian drug peddlers and all we are capable of is beg. That curse called drug trafficking could have been eradicated completely, if your IBB, for reasons best known to him, did not overthrow the headmaster when he did. When Buhari came on board, Nigeria’s stench had begun to fill the air at home and abroad. It was the reason why he came, The Nigerian economy was tottering and you don’t want to know some of the treasonable things those in government and their party contractors in league with foreign companies they set up as well as their banks were engaged in which contributed to forcing this nation down on its knees. These people you now support were previously in the old civilian party/government that caused our problems. The problem could be compared to a terminal disease needing only a surgical approach to cure. But just in the middle of the application of surgery, someone who it is suspected belonged to the roots of the problem, struck and terminated the process. Look where we are today as a result. They have all moved on and pitched tent with your party, the PDP, and they have again created the same rot only this time bigger. IBB, having aborted Nigeria’s process of surgery to stem the rot, went on to spare the rod and spoil the child, The problems worsened quickly and the roots of the drug trade, corruption and impunity in Nigeria deepened. Are you surprised that we are here today still gnashing away about corruption, Nigerian drug “mules” awaiting execution in Malaysian and Indonesian prisons, impunity, insecurity and ineptitude? Name any developed or developing country you could compare Nigeria to, after 16 years of your party’s destructive rule during which our major export product had enjoyed steady and handsome prices. These are the issues that pull the weight of political opinion in Nigeria today. Nigerians are angry at the lost opportunities for real progress as caused by your party, just as they did during the civilian rule which prompted Buhari’s intervention. Rather than apologize to Nigerians, you are here bold faced and all, trying to talk down on us and behaving as if you did nothing wrong. These are ISSUES that will decide who goes out of and who comes in to Aso Rock on election day. There is nothing you can do about it now. All the cosmetics you are plying on the problems at the last minute are after thought deceitful and cannot deodorize the stench nor change the ugliness within. Because true change and its time has come…

  • taiwo

    The shameless looter and murderer is talking.>>>>only in nigeria