The former Vice-president of Nigeria and also a presidential aspirant for 2019 elections had warned Jack Ma, the CEO of the online trading platform, Alibaba to stop using the platform to attack the dignity of the document and the commission that issues it.
Although many Nigerians were aware of this, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, on Sunday through Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzi even raised the alarm that permanent voter cards, PVCs were being sold online.
Atiku Abubakar who is a member and candidate of People’s Democratic Party, PDP , in an open letter signed by the Director General of his campaign organisation, Chief Gbenga Daniel, described the cloning as “an egregious breach of Nigeria’s electoral integrity and our national security.”
He said, “We are very concerned about this security breach because it threatens Nigeria’s desire to build strong institutions, like the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“A situation like this could lead to massive vote-buying and thus thwart our efforts.”
Atiku reminded Jack Ma that PVCs were used in the 2015 general elections and there was no breach even though the alibaba.com platform was in existence then.
He said, “That precedence leads me to believe that if alibaba.com refuses to lend its platform to those unscrupulous elements who want to thwart Nigeria’s democracy, we would greatly increase the chances of a free and fair Nigerian election in 2019.
“Therefore, I appeal to you to use your good offices to permanently remove these items from alibaba.com.”