By Attah Adgidzi, Lafia
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nasarawa State, Dr. Uthman Abdulraham Ajidagba has said that, those buying viters cards with the aim to clone the cards and to hack into the website of the commission are only wasting their time.
He explained that the Information and Technology Department of the commission and the voters cards are upgraded to the standard that no one would be able to hack into INEC website or clone or tamper with the cards order than to damage it or to deny the electorates participating in the election.
Dr. Ajidagba stated this while playing host to the All Progressives Grant Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate, Mr. Labaran Maku at the state INEC headquarters in lafia yesterday.
He decried the situation noting that politicians buying votes from voters in rural areas with stipents are only wasting their time and effort, describing it as an exploitation on the poor masses who are doing so to their detriment.
The REC who is disturbed with the trends of PVC buying by politicians, said the Commission in the state was going to decentralized the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to wards level in order to ensure every electorates gets their cards before the election.
He said, about three hundred and twenty three thousand, nine hundred and five voters cards are yet to be collected, hence the measure put in place by INEC to as from January16 follow voters with their PVCs to their respective wards.
He said, there was no need to keep PVCs while election is fast approaching, saying that the production of the PVCs was done with tax payer money that must not be neglected.
He said, until politicians see political activities as a stepping stone to serve the people, “we will continue to have problem of governance in the country, where every one would want to manipulate his way to the top.
He called on actors in the field of politics to sensitize it voters and supporters to get their voters cards and to know how to cast their votes without default, saying no one should be carried away with the crowds or followship and assume that, he has won the election already.
He also called on the political actors to always play the games according to the rules devoid of rancour and use of thugs, adding that, there is no justification recruiting youths into thuggery who will in the end disrupt the electoral processes.
Dr. Ajidagba pledged it commitment to deliver on it mandate of the people, and to conduct the most credible election in the country better than the previous exercises, urging all stakeholders in the electoral process to perform their duty during the election with the dear of God without which, there would be failure, he added.
Earlier, Mr. Labaran Maku said the electoral process should be the greatest anti-corruption war Nigeria must win, explaining that, if the country must win the fight against corruption, it must, and should not temper with the electoral process that would produce new leaders at all levels of governance.
According to Maku, Nigerians are yearning for good governance, where the institutions can guarantee a the future of thise coning behind is secured.
He noted that the country’s problem is the poor management of election from 1964 to date, and for Nigeria to get it right, the president must keep to his words of conducting a free, fair and credible election so that Nigeria can move forward.