Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), against the selective use of card reader in the forthcoming general elections.
The former president stated this in his book, ‘My Transition Hours,’ which he presented to the public at in Abuja.
According to him, any attempt to repeat the misuse of the electoral tool in the forthcoming 2019 presidential poll would be risky, also noting that the selective use of the innovative machine as it occurred in the previous election might not be acceptable.
Jonathan, in his book, criticised ‘’how the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials in the Southern Nigeria insisted on the use of card readers, while in the Northern part of the country, the decision to use card readers had been de-emphasised,’’ and warned that it would be ‘’too risky’’ if what happened in 2015 is repeated in 2019.
Among those who attend the launch were former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; former Heads of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd); former vice presidents, Mr. Namadi Sambo and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is also the PDP presidential candidate for next year’s election.
President Muhammadu Buhari sent the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, to represent him.
West African sub-region leaders that came to honour Jonathan were former presidents, Mr. John Mahama (Ghana), Mr. Ernest Koroma (Sierra Leone) and Mr. Boni Yayi (Benin).
Also in attendance were President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker Yakubu Dogara; and Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.