Electronic Voting Is A Plan By PDP To Rig Election Because They Are The Ones Associating With Yahoo Boys – Senator Ali Ndume
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the clamour in some quarters for the inclusion of electronic voting and transmission of election results electronically in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, for the 2023 general elections will not work in the northern part of the country.
Speaking exclusively, Senator Ndume, who represents Borno South senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said the North and especially his home state, Borno, do not have the facilities for electronic voting, adding that introducing it would lead to the disenfranchisement of eligible voters.
Asked as a ranking senator his take on the controversial electronic voting and transmission of election results electronically, he dismissed the claims that inclusion of electronic voting in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill would stop rigging of elections.
Ndume said: “As a member of the Senate, I am talking realistically, the issue of electronic voting is futuristic, but not realistic for us, in the north particularly. Can you do electronic voting or transmission of results without electricity? The answer is no.
“We don’t have electricity in most of the areas in the north, especially the rural areas, the importance, or the main objective of election election, is to allow every Nigerian that is of 18 years old, to exercise his constitutional right to go and vote.
“And for that vote to be counted, the elections should be credible. It is not electric, or electronic that will make that work, it is the determination of the citizens.
‘’So if you guys (the southern part of Nigeria) want electronic voting, that’s for you. But we in the north, especially myself now in Borno State, we don’t have light for four months. And even if we have light there is no network in most of the local governments.
‘’So you are saying that we should go through electronic voting, for what? Let’s go out and vote the way we have been voting before.
“PDP conducted election four times, why didn’t they introduce electronic voting since them? Is it now that there appears to be a gang-up? In fact, it is through this electronic system that you can have real chaotic system that will just ignite like fire.
Senator Ali Ndume also claimed that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, plans to rig the 2023 general elections through the use of electronic voting.
He further said;
“This electronic voting they are talking about, I think its “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’.
Perhaps, the reason for such claims is not unconnected to the fact that some elites of PDP wing were most times pictured together with hushpuppi, the fraudster who’s currently serving jail term in the U.S.