The former secretary to the government of the Federation who is also an elder statesman, and a one-time ex-finance minister of Nigeria, Chief Olu Falae has come out to deliberate on the recent saga surrounding the electronic transmission of election results as well as the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The elder statesman while deliberating on the electronic mode of transmitting electoral results stated that it's the only way to ensure a transparent and credible election in our country because gone are the days when one part of the country will want to manipulate the election, and hope to emerge the winner in order to keep ruling others. Chief Olu noted that we would be compromising the stability of Nigeria if we say no to the electronic process of vote transmission because it's the only way to ensure democracy.
He also stressed that despite the fact that many people have argued about the availability of network for voters in remote areas that it still doesn't make sense to cancel the electronic voting process, rather it should be applied in areas that have access to network while another alternative should be used to conduct election in the supposed remote areas.
Talking about the Petroleum Industry Bill, Chief Olu stated that the 3 percent that was allocated to oil-producing communities is unfair and because of that people will continue to oppose it and a disagreement may arise in the process. Lastly, Falae suggested that restructuring and not zoning of election is the only way to resolve these crises and avert its consequences.
Source: The Sun News
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