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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has carpeted the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) over the positions of its national leaders on the use of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general elections, accusing the party of planning to rig the polls.
National Secretary of the CUPP, High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh, said that statements credited to the National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and the party’s Organizing Secretary, Suleiman Argungun, to the effect that the Nigeria is not ripe and ready for the deployment of technology in the conduct of the 2023 general election were ploy to rig the 2023 general elections.
He recalled that the duo of Abdullahi Adamu and Suleiman Argungun had in separate outbursts bemoaned the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as announced by it’s Chairman, Prof Mahmood 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 as well as availability of enabling communication Network and facilities for deployment of the technology.
High Chief Ameh maintained that such statements credited to the APC leadership were “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 sense the inevitable rejection by Nigerians in the impending elections.”
The CUPP scribe stated 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.
“We encourage INEC to stay strong and proceed with the systematic implementation of these laudabl reforms which are capable of cleansing our electoral system and setting it on the path of glory.
“We wish INEC success in the task ahead of her but advice that it be weary of agents of retrogression such as the APC”, the CUPP stated.