House of Representatives Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, has called for the incorporation of the card reader into the country’s Electoral Act.
Reacting on Wednesday’s victory of Governor Nyesom Wike at the Supreme Court, Ogor pointed out that the victory had clearly shown that card reader was not the final in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act.
The minority leader observed that Section 49 of the Electoral Act does not make provisions for card reader but admitted that the idea was innovative.
He said the character Wike demonstrated in the face of serious challenges had shown a new face of PDP, adding that Wike had proved to be a wonderful gentleman.
Ogor congratulated the people of Rivers state for acting within the rule of law, even in the face of provocation.
According to him, “There is a strong need for us to appreciate the Supreme Court which is now like the last bus stop in all judicial processes that have spoken. It is something that I think we need to congratulate the governor for coming out successfully in this trial that the tribunal and the court of appeal ruled against him.
“Nevertheless, I think that it goes a long way to show clearly that card reader is not the finality vis-a-vis the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“Section 49 of the Electoral Act is very clear; it did not make provisions for anything like card reader, I think it is innovative, the concept is outside the law itself.
“So, what we need to do as parliament at this particular time is to make sure that this wonderful limitative concept that has its own challenges should be in one way or the other incorporated into the Electoral Act.
“Governor Wike proved to be a wonderful gentleman, even in the whole challenges; even within the tension, he carried on with the business of governance. He was dedicated to the job, it shows how reputable men act during hours of tribulations.
“I state that the character Wike demonstrated in this challenge has shown a new face of PDP. We see them like the new generation of PDP that are preparing for 2019. I sincerely want to say that even within the tension, we saw the level of development that the governor was carrying on.
“I will fail in my responsibility if I fail to congratulate the people of Rivers state that they acted within the rule of law. Even during the concept of provocation and the rest of other issues, they stood firm and in one way or the other, God has reaffirmed their mandate, it has shown very clearly that the wish of the people has been confirmed by the Supreme Court.”
On the swearing in of Yahaya Bello as the governor of Kogi state, the lawmaker said the governor was like somebody who was paying an excursion visit to the government house.
He described Bello as an interloper and someone who did not participate in any primaries.