Atiku Abubakar has accused the ruling party the All Progressives Congress, APC, of planning to manipulate card readers in the general election.
The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate made this known while speaking at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja.
According to Atiku APC has in its possession telephone-like devices which can help them slow the rate at which card readers work in regions where they are not strong. He also said the devices have the ability to fast-track the card readers on regions where they have the upper hand.
“We have just discovered that the APC have 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 interviwed 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, North-East or Sout-West, 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 everyone 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.”