By Ezeocha Nzeh
Former All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman South Engr. Segun Oni, has dismissed claims by prominent Norther politician, Tanko Yakassai, that the 2015 presidential election was massively rigged in the North.
Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, had disclosed Sunday at Minna that massive rigging took place in the North in the 2015 general elections, citing instances of manipulation in the use of Card Reading Machine.
He revealed that while the use of Card Reading Machine was strictly observed in the Southern part of the country, it was jettisoned in the North, while manual voting was thoroughly abused
Yakassai said, “When the Card Reading Machine was introduced, I was in support of it, but I observed what happened in the 2015 general election and I changed my mind.
a�?This is because it was religiously observed in the southern part of the country, but it was not so religiously observed in the northern parts of the country. It was from that moment that I began to have some reservations about the electronic voting pattern,” he claimed.
However Oni who reacted after picking the APC declaration of interest and nomination form at the headquarters in Abuja yesterday, maintained that there was no iota of truth in such claims.
“I want to say that, that is not true. The card reader cannot rig election. Human beings can rig elections not card readers and you see, 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 one.
“The truth is that, people of Nigeria voted overwhelmingly for 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 its 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 is reckless, 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 slumber and trying to posit reasons why they lost. They lost because people replied it was time to go,” he insisted.
The former Governor of Ekiti State, who is staging a return to the government house also condemned the popular stomach infrastructure mantra in Ekiti state, stressing: “I am sorry to say this, the stomach is just a farce, it is just a coinage to say something and probably arouse the people. It has no meaning, what is stomach infrastructure?
“So, I don’t want to say that it exists. Even if it exists anyway, we will then have to ask ourselves that, what it will do. And what will it cover? We are not about small pace, we are about a radical change in the life of our people, and we have come to give a new life, something that will be sustainable and something that will make meaning for our people. Forget about stomach infrastructure, we are more than that,” he said.