The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC, over its call for the rejection of the electronic transmission of results through the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Election Result Viewing portal (IReV), saying it is a plan to rig the 2023 elections.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the National Secretary of the group, High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh, CUPP described the position of the APC as not only grossly unfounded, but uncharitable as that opinion does not in any way reflect the views of the opposition political parties or the general masses of the country.
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The CUPP called on the Professor Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to remain strong and proceed with the systematic implementation of what it termed “these laudable reforms that would help clean the nation’s electoral system and set it on the path of glory.”
The statement read;
The attention of the CUPP has been drawn to statements credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the party’s Organizing Secretary Suleiman Argungun, which are to the effect that the Nation is not ripe and ready for the deployment of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general election.
The duo of Abdullahi Adamu and Suleiman Argungun have, in separate outbursts, bemoaned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as announced by its Chairman, Professor Yakubu, that it will deploy the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, and Independent Results Viewing Portal, 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.
The group further noted that;
These statements credited to the APC leadership 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.