The national executive council of the Labour Party in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Wednesday adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s flag bearer for the forthcoming Presidential election. The party also kicked against the use of card readers for the general elections saying "the nation is not ready for this technology now.”
“During the Osun and Ekiti elections, Prof. (Attahiru) Jega categorically stated that the card reader cannot be used for very sensitive elections like that of Osun and Ekiti” the Labour Party said.
"In our own view of election sensitivity, the presidential election is more sensitive and crucial that we cannot do anything capable of causing confusion, hence it should not be used", it added.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the party’s NEC and read by the party's National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkabir Salam, the party said “going by the youthful age that is in the majority in the country, General Muhammadu Buhari, the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress is too old to rule the country, hence the Labour Party has adopted the candidature of President Jonathan.” While supporting the deployment of military personnel during the general elections, the party maintained that it would provide security at the polls “since the country is in a state of war, considering the security challenges facing the nation now.”
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