Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has hired China-trained operatives who will slow down card readers in PDP strongholds.
Atiku, speaking at the emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja on Tuesday, said the operatives would hasten the speed of card readers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s strongholds to allow for more voters.
“We have just discovered that the APC has hired many of their operatives and have taken them to China to be trained, and they have been so trained, and they are back, and they are equipped with devices that are meant to slow or fasten our card readers,” Atiku said.
“So, if you are in the South-south, South-east and North-central, you are likely to get your card readers to be slowed by those APC operatives.
“If you are from the North-west or North-east, the tendency is that they will use these machines to fast-track the readings of your card readers so that many of their supporters can vote while disenfranchising the other three zones,” he said.
Atiku said his party is currently disseminating information to its members on the APC plan to use a handheld device to slow down INEC smart card readers.
“I thought you should know that we have supplied the information to the campaign council, and you will even see the copy of the machine which each and every one of those operatives is to hold.
“It is like a telephone but that is its job. I felt I should let you know, and you should be guided accordingly,” he stated.
The meeting was attended by the bigwigs of the PDP, including Senate President Bukola Saraki; Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives; Uche Secondus, the party chairman. ed0