January 30, 2023

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CUPP’s alarm, the plot, outrage and INEC’s resolve 


EMEKA NZE writes that because the Coalition for United Political Events (CUPP) raised the alarm of alleged plot to sack the chairman Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), droop using Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), nicely which means Nigerians and teams have kicked towards any such transfer whereas the fee appears decided in its resolve 

CUPP’s alarm 

Just lately, Nigerians had been greeted by information of alleged plot to sack the chairman of the Unbiased Electoral Fee (INEC), not for any mistaken doing by him, however as a result of “some anti democratic forces who’re used to reducing corners”, allegedly took exception to his improvements already backed by regulation, empowering the electoral administration physique to organise free, truthful, clear and credible elections.

In keeping with a physique of opposition events, the Coalition for United Political Events (CUPP), these forces have allegedly concluded plans to impact the sack of the chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu in addition to procure an injunction to jettison using Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), now a authorized instrument, just because the know-how is not going to permit for electoral ‘sharp practices’.

Mode of plot’s implementation 

The CUPP additionally disclosed the modus operandi by the plotters of which is to make use of a secret court docket motion to cease using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine within the upcoming 2023 common election.

Addressing a press convention in Abuja, the spokesperson of the opposition events, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere stated their vigilance group following credible intelligence found the Swimsuit on the Owerri Federal Excessive Courtroom the place it was filed because the twenty fourth August, 2022.

The opposition events additionally displayed extracts of the Nationwide Voters register which it claimed had been a part of not less than 10 million pretend registrations carried out by one of many political events.

They alleged that the names had been sourced from each inside and outdoors Nigeria together with some African international locations resembling Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Guinea, Gambia and international locations exterior Africa.

The CUPP additional alleged that the Chairman of INEC Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was beneath stress for the fee to announce a change to the fee’s stance on the obligatory use of the BVAS machine for accreditation or get sacked as Chairman of the fee. 

“The intelligence CUPP intercepted which has led to the invention of the go well with filed searching for to nullify the BVAS and publicity of the huge compromise within the voters register can not now be mistaken that the third leg of the plot is to sack the Nationwide Chairman by way of a suspension because the plotters know they can not get the required numbers from the Nationwide Meeting for an outright sack.”

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CUPP lodges petitions in UK Excessive fee, US embassy, others

The CUPP went forward to lodge its grievance to the Excessive Fee of United Kingdom, United States in addition to embassies of the European Union in Abuja, saying that voters have been compromised forward of the 2023 elections.

In addition they dropped a petition towards the plot to sack the Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and deactivate the BVAS from the fee’s server.

The spokesperson for the CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, advised journalists that they had been demanding “international search out of the conspirators and their households with visa ban, freezing of property freeze and arrest the place potential.”

The CUPP additionally demanded agency motion towards the individuals who had held Nigeria and its 200 million residents down.

“They perpetrate themselves in workplace by way of rigging, deny the folks of their democratic selection, loot the frequent treasury and purchase property throughout the globe. If these properties are seized, they’ll study their classes,” Ugochinyere stated.

Calling on all of the international missions to maintain a more in-depth eye on Nigeria’s transition course of, he warned that the plot to destabilise INEC may throw Nigeria into disaster which was able to truncating the nation’s democracy and shattering West African regional peace.

The opposition leaders recognized a controversial governor from the South-East as being the kingpin of the plot to undermine subsequent yr’s election, saying he initiated the underhand strikes and offered the thought to the ruling celebration.

In keeping with him, the intervention of the international missions is critical to engender peaceable, acceptable, credible, free and truthful election and likewise promote nationwide safety and the rules of participatory democracy and rule of regulation.

He expressed the assumption that the international mission can wield sufficient stress on the federal government to do the precise factor and permit INEC to independently conduct the elections.

As if the CUPP discovery was not sufficient, one other group The Arewa Residents’ Look ahead to Good Governance, additionally organised a press convention the place it requested the Nationwide Chairman of the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to resign or be sacked.

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Their important concern of the group  led by one Mohammed Adamu, was that the INEC chairman and his group had been intentionally working towards the curiosity of the north to suppress their votes.

Ex-REC Igini says BVAS raises hope for Nigeria 

Nonetheless, talking in a current interview with the ARISE tv, a former Resident Electoral  commissioner, Mr Mike Igini stated  suspending BVAS and reverting to previous system shall be anachronistic and towards the regulation of the of land, particularly, the Electoral Act 2022 on the strategy of voter accreditation throughout elections. 

Mike Igini stated, “the pointless name for elimination of Mr Chairman may create an issue of mistrust within the polity. We must always cease that as a result of beneath the structure, the elimination of the chairman or a commissioner for that matter isn’t a simple factor to be carried out. 

“Folks ought to cease what they’re doing. My manner of recommendation is that as we’re going for 2023 election, I see an important promise in 2023 on account of 2022 Electoral Act. The procedures of INEC which have been nicely secured and strengthened by INEC, is using the BVAS and all of that.

“In part 51, the act has addressed ‘they’ based mostly on the variety of accredited voters and never the overall variety of registered voters anymore. That window for rigging is gone. In Part 49, the earlier act that had subsections have modified basically beneath part 47 of the present act, by which case, no particular person Nigerian can bypass the BVAS. 

“With out BVAS, you possibly can’t vote anymore, no incident kind. So individuals are going to waste their cash making an attempt to purchase voters. We’re about to see the tip of electoral rigging in Nigeria, we’re about to see the tip of political shenanigans in Nigeria”, Igini stated.

Arewa Youth Consultative Discussion board warns towards plot

In the meantime, a gaggle, Arewa Youth Consultative Discussion board, has warned towards any try and sack Yakubu forward of the 2023 common elections throughout the nation.

The AYCF criticised a gaggle calling itself ‘Arewa Coalition’ for calling for the sack of the INEC boss, warning nothing ought to occur to the nation’s electoral physique chairman.

AYCF’s Nationwide President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima whereas addressing a press convention in Kaduna on Friday, stated “as a gaggle of progressive-minded advocates, we completely disagree with the so-called Arewa Coalition calling for the sack of the INEC Nationwide Chairman.”

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In keeping with him, Nigeria ought to overlook concerning the name by the so-called ‘Arewa Coalition’, describing them “mere consideration seekers masquerading as campaigners for electoral sanity and accountability in INEC.”

Shettima added that as results of the improved innovation led to by the present INEC boss and his group, any name for his sack, was unacceptable.

NEYLC: transfer could result in disaster

The Nigerian Ethnic Youths Leaders Council (NEYLC) additionally warned towards the transfer to instigate Nationwide Meeting to take away the Prof. Yakubu because the INEC chairman and droop using Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in subsequent yr’s common elections.

The group, additional warned that the transfer will trigger electoral disaster within the nation.

The group stated, “In keeping with the 1999 Structure, as amended, the President can solely take away the INEC Chairman on the power of a suggestion by the Senate.

“The President should depend on the nod of two-thirds of members of the Senate, the nation’s highest law-making physique to self-discipline INEC chairman.

However the NEYLC, which is made up of the Arewa Consultative Youths Motion (ACYM), Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Motion, Oduduwa Youths and Center Belt Youths, in a press release on Saturday by the Ohanaeze Youth Motion Secretary-Normal and Head of Coalition’s secretariat, Nwada Ikeamaka, stated that the plan to make use of the Senate to shake Yakubu in order that he may jettison using BVAS, could result in electoral disaster.

INEC’s response

In an illustration of braveness and resoluteness throughout final week’s assembly with stakeholders specifically: the political events, the Civil Society Organisations, the media in addition to the Inter Company Consultative Committee on Election Safety (ICCES), the INEC boss stated, “On this be aware, let me as soon as once more reassure Nigerians that there isn’t any going again on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation. There isn’t any going again on the transmission of outcomes to the INEC End result Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time on Election Day.

“There shall be no Incident Type that allows ineligible individuals to vote utilizing different folks’s Everlasting Voters Playing cards (PVCs) throughout elections. We’re dedicated to making sure that the 2023 Normal Election is clear and credible, reflecting the desire of the Nigerian folks,” Prof Yakubu stated.