The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO), has kicked against the presidency and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) castigation of the use of card readers for the general elections.
According to the APCPCP, PDP?s opposition to its use was to advance their agenda for the manipulation of the electoral process.
In a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of APCPCP, Malam Garba Shehu, they view this latest ploy by the ruling PDP and the Presidency as the precursor to the move to stampede the resignation of Professor Attahiru Jega before the appointment of a pliable lackey, who will do the hatchet job of stopping the use of the Card Readers.
Shehu added that INEC?s decision to use the Card Readers was borne out of the need for ensuring electoral transparency and integrity.
?Aside the huge financial investment involved in the procurement of the Card Readers, the PDP?s desire to hoodwink the Nigerian people on this anti-rigging device, is not just subterranean but an affront on the independence of the electoral body.
?We are equally aware that this is the latest gambit of the ruling Party in its desire to thwart the electoral wishes of majority of Nigerian electorate. We are aware also of the use of its tested and well-oiled rigging machine of unregistered voters and accentuation of same by the use of soldiers that had been specially trained and reserved for that nefarious purpose.
?We have said it that, based on the ruling of the Federal High Court, Sokoto against the use of Soldiers for Election duties, our Party shall is opposed to the use of soldiers for the Election Days on 28th March and 11th April, 2015.
?We insist on the use of Card Readers for authenticating the propriety of the Permanent Voters? Cards presented and ultimately, accreditation of Voters, as envisioned by INEC. These, in our estimation as a credible Party, remain the irreducible minimum that must form the basis for the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections on 28th March and 11th April, 2015.
?We call on all Nigerians to remain vigilant and we, on our part, shall remain alive to our responsibility in galvanizing the citizenry for assuring on the virility of the Nigerian nation. Indeed, eternal vigilance is the price of our liberty.?