2023: Presidency dismisses reports of planned removal of INEC Chairman, non-usage of BVAS
Ahead of the 2023 elections, the Presidency has debunked claims over the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, who further reiterated the usage of Bimodal Voter Registration System (BVAS) in the upcoming polls.
Adesina stated this at a policy dialogue programme organised to mark the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), in Abuja on Tuesday.
The policy dialogue, themed “Media, Civil Society and Violence-free Election in Nigeria”, was organised by the Ministry of Justice, Kano State Government and Managing Conflict in Nigeria Programme.
Adesina advised journalists not to give attention to people with hidden intentions to disrupt the 2023 general elections by spreading rumour.
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The Presidency was responding to recent concerns expressed by some civil society organizations and Ikenga Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the Coalition of United Political Parties, regarding plans by some political actors to remove Yakubu as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission through the National Assembly, deactivate the BVAS from being used in the 2023 elections, and ultimately stop electronic results transmission.
“Recently, there was one group that said the chairman of INEC was going to be removed because may be they didn’t want BVAS.
“How many times has the President spoken about the role of technology in getting him into office?
“He has spoken about it locally, internationally that three times he contested three times he ended at the Supreme Court because the government of the day will just write results.
“Then he said until technology came and there was a permanent voter cards and so it was difficult to write results.
“So, how and why can the same person has issues with BVAS? I saw that group on television, alleging that there was plan to remove the INEC Chairman and the media gave them that opportunity.
“Such things should be treated with contradictions because they don’t make sense, at least not under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated.
Adesina said that just on Monday, Buhari at a meeting in Imo, also gave matching order to police to ensure 2023 general election is credible.
“If you are going to rig elections, of course the police will be critical in rigging it and here you hear the president saying at every opportunity that don’t rig election.”
Adesina said while Buhari has always described his commitment to credible elections, the media, the electoral management body and other stakeholders have critical roles to play to achieve that.
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