Revelations has come out on what actually caused Osinbajo’s helicopter crash some two Saturdays ago.
The Accident Investigation Bureau has released the preliminary report of the helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The Commissioner, AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, on Thursday said the investigation was still ongoing but that among other causal factors, the crew lost visual contact with the ground at landing due to a “brownout.”
According to him, brownout is caused by landing in a dry, sandy environment.
“Caverton Helicopters Limited did not conduct site survey of the landing field prior to the flight and did not carry out safety and risk assessment,” he said.
A helicopter conveying the Vice President to a campaign rally in Kogi State had crash landed in Kabba on February 2.
Nobody died or sustained injury in the crash.
PDP Sues INEC Over Use Of Card Readers
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the use of card readers for the general election.
In a suit filed before the federal high court in Abuja, the party asked the court to restrict INEC from postponing elections in any polling unit as a result of a malfunctioning card reader.
INEC had said elections in the case where a smart card reader malfunctions, voting will be suspended till a new card reader arrives, or postponed till the next day if a replacement is not available by 2pm.
In the suit dated February 11 a copy of which was sent to TheCable, the party argued that INEC’s insistence — in its regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the elections — that a voter’s identity must be confirmed by the card reader is inconsistent with provisions of the electoral act.
The paragraph states: “10. (a) In accordance with Section 49 (2) of the Electoral Act, a person intending to vote shall be verified to be the same person on the Register of Voters by use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) in the manner prescribed in these Regulations and Guidelines.
“(b) Any poll official who violates the provision of Clause 10 (a) shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to prosecution.”
The party said this particular regulation does not align with section 49 of the electoral act. The section states: “(1) A person intending to vote with his voter’s card, shall present Issue of ballot papers himself to a Presiding Officer at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered with his voter’s card.
Source: The Cable Ng
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