President Muhammadu Buhari has faulted a report that he is against the use of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) and card readers for the next year’s general election.
Buhari in a statement yesterday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said allegations that he declined assent to a bill due to his objections to the use of card readers are ‘wild and baseless’.
“President Buhari did not and has never raised any objections to the use of Card Readers for elections in Nigeria.
“On the contrary he has always been a passionate advocate for the use of PVCs and card readers in elections in Nigeria, mindful of the role that card readers and PVCs played in the election that brought him into office. And he has repeatedly made this clear, and praised these,” he said.
He said the revised version of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018, with corrections by the National Assembly, and dated the 2nd of August, 2018, was received by the Presidency on the 3rd of August, 2018.
“The President has 30 days from the date of receipt, to assent to or decline the Bill. The Bill is therefore still under consideration by the Presidency,” he said.
The President also did not raise objections whatsoever to the use of card readers, contrary to the stories being maliciously peddled by sections of the media and on the internet.