The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has exposed an alleged plot to compromise the integrity of the forthcoming 2023 general elections with the upload of fake registrants into the voter register.
The spokesperson of the coalition, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation on Wednesday during a press conference, revealing that the CUPP uncovered a plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the elections despite the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
According to Ikenga, a suit to nullify the use of BVAS over a secret report by the Nigerian Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been filed in the Federal High Court, Owerri.
Furthermore, Ikenga said the organization also discovered a plot to remove the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmud Yakubu from office to pave way for the smooth execution of the plan.
“CUPP uncovered a well-orchestrated grand compromise of the electoral register, falsification and upload of fake registration, move to nullify the use of the bimordial voter accreditation system (BVAS) machine, a complete takeover of INEC and the removal of its chairman from office and traceable offences of rigging the 2023 general election, the issues go to the very foundation of the hope of our nation to hold a credible, acceptable, free and fair general election next year,” he said.
Compromise Of Voters’ Register
According to Ikenga, CUPP intercepted credible intelligence about the grand design of the APC, to compromise the 2023 general election and deny Nigerians their sovereign right to freely choose their leaders.
“The discoveries we have made go beyond the case of double registration, it is a fundamental compromise of the National Voters’ register by chieftains of the ruling APC. During the just-ended continuous voter registration exercise, from our intelligence, some of the APC controlled states had access to INEC registration machines and conducted their own registration process, this time, not with human beings, they used hundreds of thousands of computer-generated photos and faces, passport photographs, calendars, photo albums and any human face they could lay their hands on including outside the country, especially Africa.”
“In 2014, Omamma ward hard barely 6500 registered voters, in recent past Orlu East being the hotbed of activities of unknown gunmen in the state and with the high level of insecurity, many residents have relocated from their ancestral homes. However, Omamma ward, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s ward now has over 46,000 registered voters and 46 polling units. When you go to Orlu East, Omama ward, Central School 2, you will see names like George Shidana with a man’s picture and female gender, you will see names like Gana Koki, a man’s picture and female gender, you will names like Gozigo Faith, a man’s picture and female gender. If you go also to Omama primary school, polling unit 01, you see a name like Gifty Edem, a man with a female picture, Hans Bira, a woman’s picture and male gender. You see a Japanese name, with a female picture and a man’s gender.’
“How did the APC and their agents and those behind this monumental fraud get access to the INEC machine and commit this heinous crime? How did this person have access to the INEC database to be able to upload these fake identities?
“The coordinator of the illegal registration in Imo state, for instance, was a former INEC staff who was the head of the state electoral commission and who has now been promoted to a resident electoral commissioner nominee, she supervised the ICT team that was deployed to Imo state from the pool of centrally trained personnel by the party,” he added