20 July 2021 by Aisha Adesanya
Leader of the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives, Kingsley Chinda has called for Prosecution of officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC who represented the Chairman for lying while on Oath to the National Assembly. .
The Lawmaker who made the call in a statement alleged that the information provided to the House of Representatives, that Nigeria lacked the capacity for electronic transmission of election results was false as available evidences proved otherwise.
Chinda who described the Act as criminal said according to the NCC Website the Nigerian National Broadband Plans, 2020 -2025 says that as at September 2019 the spread of 3G Network alone had reached 74.2 Percent as against the representation made by Ubale Maska where he claimed that the entire coverage of 2G/3G Network in Nigeria stands at 49.7 Percent.
The PDP leader further faulted the refusal of the House Leadership to allow INEC which remains the most important stakeholder in the entire process to make their submission to ascertain their ability to carry out electronic transmission of results.
He also pointed out that INEC through one of its officials Festus Okoye had admitted severally that the Commission had the capacity for the transmission with reference to the Edo Ondo Borno and Kaduna Elections.
The lawmaker who also alleged that there were anti Democratic Nigerians behind the charade who are afraid of free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria called on the Federal Government to ensure the integrity of our laws and sanctity of our institutions were protected as a Nation
The Controversial Clause 52 in the recently passed 2021 Electoral Amendment Bill which has to do with Electronic Transmission of Election Results, had generated division and divergent reactions amidst the lawmakers.
This made the House to invite the NCC to address it on the capability of Nigeria as a Nation to adopt electronic transmission process so as to make their decisions from an informed perspective.
The Minority Caucus had however staged a walk out at plenary as they refused to be party to any attempt to prevent the Electronic transmission of election results in the country.