The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Wednesday alleged that the voters’ register had been massively rigged to favour a leading political party that used its dominance ith the polity to perpetuate its actions. The group also alleged that there were moves to use a secret Court action to stop the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine in the upcoming 2023 general election.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Spokesperson of the opposition parties, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said their vigilance team following credible intelligence discovered the Suit at the Owerri Federal High Court where it was filed since the 24th August, 2022.
The opposition parties also displayed extracts of the National Voters register which it claimed were part of at least 10 million fake registrations done by one of the political parties.
They alleged that the names were sourced from both within and outside Nigeria including some African countries such as Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Guinea, Gambia and countries outside Africa.
Ugochinyere displayed extracts of the National Voters Register which it claimed were part of at least ten million fake registrations done by one of the political parties.
“The names were sourced from both within and outside Nigeria including some African countries such as Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Guinea, Gambia and countries outside Africa including Jamaica, Brazil and New Zealand,”he alleged.
He also showed several registrations which were captured from passport photographs and other photos.
He said:”Significant among the discoveries in the register is the fact that majority of the foreign names were all born in 1983 despite whether their photographs showed they were old or young.”
” Many people were also shown to have been born between 1900 and 1914 yet their photographs were those of young people.
“Equally, many male photos had their gender written as female and vice versa,”he added.
Ugochinyere further alleged that the “Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is under immense pressure to announce a change to the Commission’s hard stance on the compulsory use of the BVAS machine for accreditation or get sacked as Chairman of the Commission.”
The group alleged that, “The intelligence CUPP intercepted which has led to the discovery of the suit filed seeking to nullify the BVAS and exposure of the massive compromise in the voters register cannot now be wrong that the third leg of the plot is to sack the National Chairman through a suspension as the plotters know they cannot get the required numbers from the National Assembly for an outright sack.
“We call on international partners, local and international observer groups, civil society and the general public to help it and protect democracy as the success of any of these plots will erode the integrity and credibility of the electoral process and deny Nigerians the sovereign right to freely choose their leaders.”