By Jude Opara
The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas has reassured Nigerians that the card reader has always been part of the electoral act they passed and submitted to the President for his ascent.
Namdas who made this disclosure yesterday during a media briefing with journalists said the card reader is important for the conduct of credible election and was never removed from the act contrary to reports in a section of the media.
“We were told when we were on break that the president declined ascent to the electoral act; we read in papers that the electoral act that we transmitted to the president does not contain the card reader. We just want to say and for the purpose of record and as an institution that the electoral act that we transmitted from the National Assembly contained the card reader.
“So, I don’t know at this stage if this card reader was not part of what was returned to us by the President. So this is just to make a clarification, because we are also politicians and electoral act is an important act.”
The lawmaker further noted that members of the lower legislative arm of the National Assembly have agreed to work with the executive for a proper and effective delivery of good government to the people.
“We have also agreed that whatsoever request Mr. President brings that deserves our attention, by the grace of God we will do just that and you have heard us; we have agreed to work on the $2.7bn Eurobond and we have agreed to work on the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“So, this House is very calm. The atmosphere is cool and with our own leaders, we have no issues and we will like to plead with our media men to always report the National Assembly as you always report. There is no anxiety. There is no problem between us and our leaders.