PVC cloning: Don't allow your platform to be used to derail Nigeria’s democracy, Atiku warns

By Admin on 03/07/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 191


A former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has warned the owner of the online platform, alibaba.com, Jack Ma, not to allow his platform to be used to derail Nigeria’s democracy.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Sunday in Abuja raised the alarm that permanent voter cards were being cloned and sold online.

The commission, in a statement by its Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, alerted Nigerians to the discovery.

Atiku, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, in an open letter signed by the Director General of his campaign organisation, Chief Gbenga Daniel, described the cloning as “an egregious breach of Nigeria’s electoral integrity and our national security.”

He said, “We are very concerned about this security breach because it threatens Nigeria’s desire to build strong institutions, like the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“A situation like this could lead to massive vote-buying and thus thwart our efforts.”

Atiku reminded Jack Ma that PVCs were used in the 2015 general elections and there was no breach even though the alibaba.com platform was in existence then.

He said, “That precedence leads me to believe that if alibaba.com refuses to lend its platform to those unscrupulous elements who want to thwart Nigeria’s democracy, we would greatly increase the chances of a free and fair Nigerian election in 2019.

“Therefore, I appeal to you to use your good offices to permanently remove these items from alibaba.com.”

The former vice-president further advised the platform to consider sharing its information with Nigeria’s security apparatus that might help to expose any impropriety.

He referred to the allegations, counter-allegations and investigations into election-meddling in the 2016 American presidential elections, saying, “These occurrences have ensnared several technology, IT and social media platforms, including Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Twitter, just to mention a few.

“Their involvement has had far-reaching political and economic impact which has affected their market capitalisation and consumer confidence.

“It is also in the light of preventing such a scenario involving Nigeria and alibaba.com that I make these appeals. I trust that I can count on your cooperation.”

Meanwhile, the PDP has said nobody can rig the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State despite the alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress, INEC officials and security agencies to do so.

A statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Monday warned that the party would not condone election rigging.

The statement quoted him as saying, “The people of Ekiti State are already aware of the clandestine meetings between known INEC officials and APC agents, including those held at the Ondo State Government House, Akure, where plots were hatched to use INEC’s ICT Department to preload card readers and input false results, as well as cloning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards to superimpose pictures of their members from other states.

“What the APC and their cohorts in INEC fail to note is that Ekiti is a contiguous state where every indigene and residents know and can identify one another as individuals and families and that as such there is no way in which strangers imported from other states can be allowed to sneak in and participate in their election.”.

 

 

 

Posted on July, 3 2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Ahead of Buhari's Visit: Ebonyi APC factions reconcile...

Nigeria's 'last chance' to avoid FIFA ban

PHOTOS: Diamond Bank staff marks Children's Day dressed...

Obiano presents refurbished APC, Gives Cheque to Army,...

SSS Fail To Release Dasuki For Questioning By...

Adamawa: INEC discovers names of 1,224 dead persons...

Nigeria berated for arresting citizens without trial

Obiano orders arrest of AK-47 wielding Fulani herdsmen...

Arsenal reject £50m Man City’s bid for Sanchez...

Federal Government Charges Justice Ngwuta With Money Laundering...

EBOLA: FG confirms 10cases of Ebola as 177...

BREAKING: APC Lawmakers serve Ortom impeachment notice
News Abia Election Special (3) Abia Supplementary Polls Update (18) Abia Supplementary Result update (22) Appointments (8) Breaking News (195) Business (40) Campus News (3) Crime (116) Economy (107) Education (123) Entertainment (144) Fashion and Style (3) General (803) Health (107) Inside Africa (40) International News (303) Interviews (28) National (1925) Politics (933) Press Releases (108) Religion (9) Security (127) Sports (431) Technology (24) World News (87)

 

 

Advertisement

 

Latest News Get Armed with Relevant Laws Of the Land for Effective Practice; Ojo Charges Journalist Adamawa: INEC discovers names of 1,224 dead persons on voter register Mass Communication Don Insists on Professionalism for Practitioners of the Pen Profession 2019: Media Guru Charge Colleagues on More Attention to Women and People Living with Disabilities APC jittery over S'East Atiku's endorsement - PDP 2019: Orji Kalu Vows To Stop Cosmos Ndukwe,Others Abia Assembly confirms Ogwe as Chief Judge NECO: Postponement of examination caused by public holiday 2019: INEC lacks capacity to conduct credible polls – Wike NECO releases timetable for Nov/Dec exams

 

Most Read Islamic agenda for Nigeria – Pastor Bosun (23,775 views) The show of shame that sealed Justice Uzokwe’s fate (17,494 views) 47 YEARS AFTER, HIS EXCELLENCY, COMMODORE EBITU UKIWE (Rtd) MAKES THE “OFO NDI IGBO” RECIPIENTS LIST (15,854 views) Breaking News : Dr Okezie Ikpeazu resigns from Abia State Environmental Sanitation Agency (ASEPA). (7,533 views) Lawyers accuse Lagos Police of working for PDP (7,241 views) Radio Biafra delivers AM Transmitter (7,026 views) ‘Why fuel scarcity persists’ (5,972 views) Nurse Justina Obi Ejelonu, one of the nurses that contracted Ebola virus is dead!!! (5,666 views) Abiriba Kingdom Celebrates as Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu (IV) marks 14th year on the throne (5,577 views) 2015: Abia’s plethora of governorship aspirants (5,431 views)