“The controversial card reader should be observed as not having the capacity to deter the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming general election,” the Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo said. Later adding that, “the party is not afraid of anything, not even card reader.”
In a interactive media session in Kano Thursday, the VP Sambo has dismissed all insinuations that his PDP was uncomfortable with the new device introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for elections.
“PDP is not afraid of anything, not card reader. PDP is the party of Nigeria and Nigerians. Go and check it is all over the country. You can go to any corner in Nigeria and see the party is intact with all its leadership at all level,” Sambo reassured the audience.
He further challenged that the PDP never changed its logo, color, or even emblem. “Free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria is the slogan of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his administration,” he asserted.
Sambo reiterated that, “We as a party we believe in the rule of law. We are also much interested in freedom of information, that is why we signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”
On the issue of the Boko Haram insurgency raging in the country, the Vice President argued that the security challenges existed before the PDP took over the mantle of leadership. Referring to other places in the world where similar insecurity problem was visible.
According to him, “Boko Haram issue is similar to that of Al-Shabab of Somalia, ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Taliban in Afghanistan. We also thank Allah Almighty that the federal government is winning the War on Terror.”
“In Adamawa state the terrorists took over 7 local governments, and all those local governments are taken back by our gallant forces. In Borno state the terrorists were in control of 14 local governments, but now 12 local governments are rescued, remaining 2 local governments,” he boasted.
He encouraged that very soon federal government would do away with the menace of Boko Haram. While encouraging Nigerians about the successes so far recorded, he also expressed dissatisfaction over what he described as “politicizing the insecurity plaguing the nation”.
The Vice President called on the opposition politicians in the country to stop bringing politics into the war on terror. “We can save our country from the current security challenges. Algeria was once faced with similar problem, but they were able to save their country. The same thing can be possible in our great country,” he assured.
“Is it the Nigerian government that sends Boko Haram to Cameroun or Chad or Niger republic?” he asked rhetorically.