…Raises alarm over plot to sack INEC Chairman
The Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), has uncovered a plot to use a secret suit to stop the use of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) in the 2023 elections.
The opposition, which raised alarm over the alleged monumental compromise of the national voters’ register, also exposed a plot to sack the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu.
Addressing a world press conference, the Spokesperson of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said the vigilance team of the opposition following credible intelligence discovered the suit at the Owerri Federal High Court, where it was filed since the 24th August, 2022. It also displayed extracts of the National Voters register which it claimed were part of at least 10 million fake registrations done by one of the political parties.
The opposition said the names were sourced from both within and outside Nigeria including some African countries such as Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Guinea, and Gambia and countries outside Africa including Jamaica, Brazil and New Zealand. They also showed several registrations which were captured from passport photographs and other photos.
Significant among the discoveries in the register is the fact that the majority of the foreign names were all born in 1983 despite whether their photographs showed they were old or young. Many people were also shown to have been born between 1900 and 1914, yet their photographs were those of young people. Equally, many male photos had their gender written as female and vice versa.
The opposition further alleged that the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is under pressure for the Commission to announce a change to its hard stand on the compulsory use of the BVAS machine for accreditation or get sacked as Chairman of the Commission.
Ugochinyere said: “We state that the discovery we have made goes beyond the case of double registration. It is a monumental compromise of the national voters’ register by chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
“The last leg of the plot is also the sack of the INEC Chairman through the courts. A plot that would be accomplished where the man insists, or continues, as an unbiased umpire”.
Ugochinyere said that the intelligence the CUPP intercepted which has led to the discovery of the suit filed seeking to nullify the BVAS and exposure of the massive compromise in the voters’ register cannot now be wrong that the third leg of the plot is to sack the National Chairman through a suspension as the plotters know they cannot get the required numbers from the National Assembly for an outright sack.
The opposition thereafter called on international partners, local and international observer groups, civil society and the general public to help it and protect democracy as the success of any of these plots will erode the integrity and credibility of the electoral process and deny Nigerians the sovereign right to freely choose their leaders.