The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Adamu, says Nigeirans are not ready for the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the 2023 general election.
He said he doubts that the introduction of BVAS and electronic transmission of results would produce a fair result, saying that network failure and electricity problems are major hindrances that could mar the use of the technology for the 2023 elections.
Mr Adamu, who spoke while receiving a delegation from the Commonwealth on the 2023 general election to the party secretariat in Abuja, said the country does not cut the image of a nation that is ready to take the risk of deploying such technology for use.
According to him, the electoral body must assure the party and Nigerians that it is 100 per cent sure and ready that the proposed use of BVAS for the poll would be smooth and without any hitches.
“INEC must assure us 100 per cent that as of when due in transmitting results, they are ready because they spoke about recharging batteries. But we heard in previous elections when it says it can’t recharge.
“First, I was privileged to serve as a senator. But our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission because we are taking a major step in transmitting election results in real-time.
“To transmit results, every part of the nation – Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it, I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity,” he said.