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2015 Elections: Oni Knocks Yakassai Over Card Reader Comment



Former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Segun Oni, has carpeted elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, over statement credited to him that the North took advantage of the faulty card readers to manipulate the process in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Yakassai, who is the chairman of Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA), was reported to have made the statement when he led members of the steering committee on advocacy visit to former Military President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, in Minna,Niger state.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja when he visited the national secretariat of APC to pick his nomination form ahead of the party’s governorship primary, Oni said Nigerians actually rejected the PDP government even as he dismissed the comments as untrue.

Oni said: “I want to say that, that is not true. The card reader cannot rig election. Human beings can rig elections not card readers. I must say that when people are looking for ways to justify their inadequacies, they will look for failures, they will look for faults, so the card reader has suddenly become.

“The truth is that, people of Nigeria voted overwhelmingly for Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. The people of Nigeria were tired of the PDP, the people of Nigeria were clearly embarrassed by a government that went not just pilfering, went to the extent of even stealing what is supposed to be the source of his own wealth.

“They were stealing oil and they were selling it into individual pocket. Have you ever heard that? So, if we’ve had a government, that reckless, a government of President of all us, declaring that stealing is not corruption. A government that clearly shows that it is clueless which had nothing to contribute and it was probably tired and people of Nigeria went on to vote that government out. People are now waking up from their slumber and trying to posit reasons why they lost. They lost because people replied it was time to go,” Oni stated.

Also speaking with newsmen, another aspirant, Muyiwa Olumilua, a son of a former governor of Ekiti state,  stressed that there was need for good governance in Ekiti, adding that though the state was blessed with great potentials, it is one of the poorest in the country, adding that with good governance and the right persons in government, Ekiti would become the envy of other states in terms of development.

He said that his administration if voted in, would resuscitate the ailing health facilities in the state and make healthcare more affordable to the people.

The aspirant added that he would give education, agriculture and the state’s economy priority if elected.