Politics

CUPP: APC stance BVAS confirmation of plot to oust INEC boss

Opposition political parties stated in a statement released by CUPP spokesman Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere on Thursday that the development, which comes just 90 days before the presidential election, confirms the Coalition's intelligence assessment that the APC reportedly planned to engage in digital vote buying in the 2023 elections.

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) stated on Thursday that the ruling All Progressives Congress’s (APC) objections to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) proposal to implement the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the 2023 general election confirm the group’s intelligence finding that the APC was behind the attempt to remove Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, from his position.

On Wednesday, when a delegation from the Commonwealth on the 2023 General Election paid a courtesy visit to the APC national secretariat in Abuja, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the APC, stated his reservations about using BVAS technology in the 2023 polls.

The opposition political parties stated in a statement released by CUPP spokesman Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere on Thursday that the development, which comes just 90 days before the presidential election, confirms the Coalition’s intelligence assessment that the APC reportedly planned to engage in digital vote buying in the 2023 elections.

The statement reads, “Technology keeps making it increasingly possible to reduce the contentious menace of electoral fraud and other forms of manipulation that has characterized our electoral system in times past. With the emergence of the Bimodal Verification Accreditation System, BVAS, which is replacing the Smart Card Readers used in previous elections, polls in Nigeria will now be better in credibility.

“With this, those in power who connive with electoral officials to recklessly cancel manual votes on their way to collation centres will be disappointed. We at the CUPP revealed how Imo state governor Hope Uzodinms compromised the INEC voters register in the state and 17 other states of the federation. More shocking was his OMUMA WARD, where foreigners, dead people, and brochure pictures were uploaded as new voters to pave the way for a new rigging strategy. While we are grateful for the new BVA system, we will not tolerate any plot to sack the INEC Chairman.”