Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan was today denied accreditation by the card reader issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission. It can be recalled that during the last presidential election, when he was running for re-election, the card reader denied him accreditation.
“I am quite worried about the PVC and card reader,” Jonathan said.
“From my experience today, INEC must review this issue of card reader and PVC very well before we go into the 2019 election, because even during the presidential election, the machine rejected me and my wife.
“Today, because they changed my own, they changed my wife’s own, it was successful. But about five people who came with me, including my mother, my elder sister and a former commissioner in Bayelsa state, were unsuccessful. These are known people, so they cannot carry fake or cloned cards. They are known senior people from this state. So, out of five of us, only me and my wife were accredited.
“The percentage of failure is high and I am a bit uncomfortable. But being an isolated state election, they should be able to handle it because they have enough of the incident forms. So, they will all vote. But I will advise that before we go into the 2019 election, the whole concept of the card reader and the technology must be properly reviewed.
“Transparent and credible elections are the hallmark of democracy. When elections are not credible and peaceful, then we elect leaders that cannot give account of their stewardship.
“The votes of the citizens must count. So, I am advising all my people from Bayelsa state to be calm, the young people must be calm to ensure that we have a peaceful and credible election.”
Jonathan bared his mind on the high rate of card reader failures. “What is happening? The failure rate is very high,” was reported to have said and his wife interrupted. “Yes o. 80 per cent.”