13th December, 2010
Human rights activist, Chief Gabriel Giwa-Amu has described the theft of Direct DataÂ Capture machines, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, as a welcomeÂ development.
He gave the verdict against the backdrop of INEC allegedly turning deaf ears to hisÂ suggestions that it adopts the open ballot system (Option A4).
â€œI was greatly elated to read on the pages of national newspapers on theÂ ‘bereavement’ of INEC over the stolen DDC machines. With what has just beenÂ reported, INEC qualifies easily for a man who is deaf, blind, dumb and paralysed andÂ who needs to be told of his motherâ€™s death. Time and time again, we have quarrelledÂ with spending N87 billion naira for an election of a people whose population is inÂ the perimeter of 140-150 million.â€
He said â€œwe quarreled with the failure to adopt the open ballot systemÂ then weÂ suggested that as a panacea for a free and fair election in this country with suchÂ further amendments as video recording of proceedings in each polling booth,Â unfortunately, the response from INEC was a deafening silence to our genuine andÂ well-meant suggestions.â€
â€œYou are tall in integrity, your patriotism is unquestionable, your intellectualÂ prowess is unparalled, so my dear Professior it will be disastrous and I know youÂ will not forgive yourself if you allow these hawks in government and their politicalÂ scavengers and allies destroy your hard-earned reputation built over the years.
“Just choose the path of honour by conducting a free and fair election based on openÂ ballot system (Option A4) while I wish you the best ofÂ luck in your search forÂ those who stole your DDC machines,â€ the lawyer urged Prof. Jega