The All Progressives Congress has said it has uncovered a plot by the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party to render card readers ineffective on Election Day. It says this move is to justifying their (Jonathan and PDP) fears about the use of the card readers and ultimately to scuttle the polls.
This allegation was contained in a statement in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. APC said, ”We can authoritatively inform Nigerians that the morbid fear of card readers by the Jonathan Administration and the PDP has now been translated into concrete action. They have hired an Israeli, Gyora Berger, to do the dirty job of jamming the card readers.
”To those who might accuse us of crying wolf, they should realise that every alarm we have raised in the past has been true, including that the Jonathan administration was pushing for the postponement of the elections and that they are mortally afraid of the use of PVCs and card readers”.
The party added that the Israeli was hired specifically to develop three prototype card reader jammers, which he had accomplished, developing three of such jammers (25 metres, 50 metres and 100 metres range) to be carried in the pockets of trusted PDP stalwarts on election day with a view to disabling the card readers within the state radius.
The party said apart from disabling the card readers, the jammers would also disable all telephones, iPads, etc within the states radius of those carrying them on their persons. It equally alleged that an order had been placed for 75,000 pieces of the jammers at a cost of $200 per piece, bringing the total cost to $15m.
APC claimed the jammers would be air freighted to Nigeria next week. It added, ”The plan is to deploy the card jammers to the areas deemed to be the strongholds of the APC, such as the North-west, North-East, North-Central and the South-West.
”It is the planned procurement of the jammers that has given the confidence to the administration and party officials to continuously boast that Buhari will never rule Nigeria, and also the reason why a chief of the PDP boasted last week that the card readers won’t work, thus advising INEC to make alternative arrangements.”
The party said the Israeli, who had agreed to do the dirty job for “a desperate Jonathan administration and the PDP, is an enemy of Nigeria and Nigerians, who does not mind if the nation burns, as long as he has collected his pay for the dirty job for which he has been hired.”