Â Asks governors to speed up voter education
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja, said permanent voter cards (PVCs) and card readers which he described as technology were the mysteries behind his victory at the 2015Â presidential election.
Buhari who made this remark while breaking fast with members of the judicial arm of government in the State House, said the use of both devices was fantastic and ended difficulties in winning elections.
According to him, before the introduction of card readers, he ran for presidency for three times without success and further attempts to claim victory through the court was impossible because there was no platform to prove his case before judges.
However, he said the introduction of card readers and PVCs made winning elections easier and tasked the governors to embark on votersâ€™ education in their various states.
â€œI decided to put agbada and come back. I tried (contested election) three times and then fourth time, I eventually made it. Thanks to God and thanks to technology because this permanent voter card and card readers are fantastic.
â€œThose who went to their polling booths in their constituencies and voted, their votes counted. Before, votes were disregarded and results written and there was nothing you could do before the justices to prove your case.
â€œBut now, with technology, it has been made easy. That is why I keep appealing to the governors to embark on voter education, to please tell the people that their voter card is their national card so to speak.
â€œLet them vote for anybody they want across ethnicity and religion and impose their decisions on them. I think that is what I am calling for and I am begging the governors to please continue with votersâ€™ education so that people will take their permanent voter cards seriously and make sure that they donâ€™t loose it,â€ he said.