Senator Ali Ndume has claimed that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, plans to rig the 2023 general elections through the use of electronic voting.
Ndume’s comments are coming shortly after the national assembly voted against the adoption of electronic transmission of votes. Speaking to Roots TV, Ndume said;
“This electronic voting they are talking about, i think its PDP’s idea to rig the election because they are the ones that have the Yahoo-Yahoo boys, they are the ones that have ‘puppy’.
“These are the people otherwise i don’t see any reason for the cry out on this matter”.
He continued further; “The truth of the matter is that we had 6 elections in this country and the one that was administered under the government of APC was adjudged to be very credible where you saw opposition winning elections under a sitting government. That was not the case during the PDP”.
“If you are thinking is that APC is doing this to take advantage of it, we would have taken advantage of the previous elections that were conducted credibly”.
Senator Kabiru Gaya, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission panel said he voted against his committee’s recommendation on electronic transmission of results because the amended version was better.
“I did not vote against my bill, Senator George Sekibo who accused me of doing so was just playing to the gallery.
“If you prepare something and you later saw an improved version of it, you can go for it.
“There is nothing wrong if the chairman of a committee support the amended version of a report he presented.
“It is not possible as it is, to transmit election in one part of the country and refused to do so in other part.
“It has to be uniform. The card reader can work anywhere in the country but you need network coverage to transmit results.
“Although INEC has said it is ready to do electronic transmission of results, but we have to involve the NCC and the National Assembly to create check and balances.
“The NCC will come to the National Assembly and we will determine whether its claims were practicable or not NCC.”