Rejection of BVAS, IReV: CUPP accuses APC of planning to rig 2023 election

The Coalition of United Politi­cal Parties (CUPP) has said that the concern raised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Result View­ing Portal (IReV) are ploys to rig the 2023 elections.

Recall that the national chairman of the APC, Sena­tor Abdullahi Adamu, and the party’s organising secretary, Suleiman Argungu, had said that the nation was not ripe and ready for the deployment of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general election.

The duo of Adamu and Ar­gungu had bemoaned the de­cision of INEC as announced by its chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, that it will deploy the BVAS and IReV in the conduct of the 2023 elections, insisting that the country doesn’t possess the technical know-how including avail­ability of enabling communi­cation network and facilities for same.

These statements credited to the APC leadership, according to CUPP national secretary, High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh, in a statement, is most unfortunate, uncharitable and a reflection of the thinking of the party which intends to hold the Nigerian electoral system down from gradual evolution.

“It is a subtle manifestation of the plot of the APC to manip­ulate and rig the 2023 general election having sensed the inev­itable rejection by Nigerians in the impending elections.

“We wish to state that the position of the APC is grossly unfounded, uncharitable and doesn’t in any way reflect the views of the CUPP or the gen­eral masses of the Nigerian people.

“We wish to further add that the decision of INEC has since been received by the Ni­gerian people with enormous optimism, enthusiasm and has rekindled their hope of a free, credible and transparent elec­tion and any attempt to go back on its words will only further breed distrust and dampen the spirit of the people.

“We encourage INEC to stay strong and proceed with the systematic implementation of these laudable reforms which are capable of cleansing our electoral system and setting it on the path of glory.

“We wish INEC success in the task ahead of her but advise that it be wary of agents of ret­rogression such as the APC,” CUPP said.


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