BVAS: Uzodimma, others plotting to remove INEC chairman – CUPP

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The the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has raised the alarm over plots to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.

CUPP said that the plot is a last plan to stop INEC from deploying the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the election.

CUPP spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said the coalition had also uncovered fresh plots to deactivate the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) from being used in the election and ultimately stop electronic transmission of results.

CUPP alleged that governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State another from North East are in the forefront of the plot to kick out the INEC chairman.

The group also alleged that Uzodimma is using the Department of State Service, DSS to arrest INEC staff who exposed his plots.

Reacting to the development, INEC dismissed the call for the re-introduction of the incidence form and the suspension of the use of BVAS for the 2023 general elections.

INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said: “The decision of the commission to introduce and use the BVAS is final and irreversible. It is backed up by the law and a substantial number of the BVAS for the 2023 elections have been delivered. The BVAS is the game changer and has buried the incident forms.

“Those engaged in identity theft should not near the polling units. Those that have stolen or bought over PVCs are out of business and should not attempt to access the PUs. The commission is focused on delivering on its mandate.

“The commission is not and will not pay attention to the negatives or the antics of those that will want to delegitimize the electoral process and the commission. The commission has reached the critical stage of the electoral process and all Nigerians, and all the critical stakeholders should join the commission in delivering a clean election.”