After being delayed for about 30 minutes at their polling unit in Otuoke, Bayelsa, due to failure of the card reader, President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife still defended the use of the card reader insisting that as a new voting system, hitches are to be expected.
Speaking after he did his accreditation, after a more than 30 minute delay, Jonathan said he was pleading with Nigerians to be patient with INEC and ensure that the nation carries out a free and fair election.
“What is important is that the whole world accepts that Nigeria carries out a free and fair election. Voters should be patient, if I can so should other Nigerians.”
He stressed that Nigerians should not instigate crisis anywhere and ensure that the process is carried out peacefully,
He said the whole world was interested in the election, pointing out that he had received calls from such presidents and heads of state, like Obama, Cameron and Zuma all pleading for peaceful elections to be carried out.