The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), says it has intercepted a plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to carry out digital vote buying.
The opposition group said the strategy follows APC’s inability to continue the usual cash vote as a result of the new naira design policy ahead of 2023 election.
It also added that the new plot of digital vote buying, termed operation Wire-Wire, will see to the APC harvesting names, account numbers, and Voters Identification Numbers, Bank Verification Numbers of citizens, arranged in tables for each polling unit on the understanding that money will be sent to each person by electronic means to purchase their votes.
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, the Spokesman of CUPP, said at a press conference on Monday that information available to the Coalition shows that bank details of over ten million voters have been harvested by agents of the ruling party nationwide, using different platforms to harvest the bank details and in a plot designed soon after the CBN announced the policy to redesign the Naira.
He said: “This plot which has now received the approval at the highest level of the APC and its Presidential Campaign Council was also designed in Imo State and exported to twenty one other states of the federation requires the party’s agents harvesting names, account numbers and Voters Identification Numbers, Bank Verification Numbers of citizens and arranged in tables for each polling unit on the understanding that money will be sent to each person by electronic means to purchase their votes.”
CUPP said that in the Imo and Ebonyi States, this plot was being executed under the platform Support Group Coordination, South East while in other parts of the South East like in Abia, Enugu and Anambra it was being executed as All Progressives Congress Empowerment Form.
The opposition added that “In Katsina State and other parts of the North West, the plot was being executed under the Citizens Grassroots Farmers Association, in Ekiti State, they are operating under the Ekiti Development Front (EDF).
“In the North Central, Operation Wire-Wire was being executed under the North Central Women for Tinubu. In Cross River State, the details are harvested under the Forum of Tinubu Support Groups. In the rest of the country, the APC is harvesting details using the Vote Canvassing Form.”
CUPP then called on the Banks and the Security Agencies to work together by identifying the illegal transactions in the banks and reporting the same to the security agencies for immediate prosecution.