From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) said it uncovered an alleged plot by some unscrupulous politicians to undermine the 2023 general election.
CUPP Spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who said this during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, said the plot includes an alleged plot to compromise the voter register, as well as to raise the pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the 2023 polls.
Ugochinyere noted that there would be a surreptitious lawsuit in the Federal High Court, in Owerri, seeking to stop the use of BVAS for the upcoming general election.
“First of all, we commend the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and the commission for the bold step of internally cleaning up the voter register, that they have started using the automated biometric identification system ( ABIS).
“However, we clarify that the discovery we have made goes beyond the case of double registration. This is a case of monumental compromise of the National Register of Electors…
“We hereby call on the INEC to reassure Nigerians that the elections have not already been determined. We demand that the commission make categorical commitments to protect the sanctity of the ballot and restore trust of the Nigerian people in the electoral process,” Ugochinyere said.
Likewise, the opposition spokesperson called on civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as local and international observers to mobilize in defense of democracy in the country. He noted that the success of any of the plot will erode the integrity of the electoral process and deprive Nigerians of the right to freely choose their leaders.