The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has been critised for saying that Nigeria is not ripe for the use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the INEC Results Viewing Portal IReV in the 2023 elections.
A commentator on national issues, Charles Ogbole, Wednesday, said, “This shows that APC is afraid. They will do everything to truncate electronic voting because the party will lose in any transparent election.”
Cletus Eze, a journalist, said, “I’m scared indeed. Some people don’t want to leave power. Is it APC conducting the election? If they cancel the use of BIVAS, Nigeria’s disintegration will loom.
“They are becoming to express fear over their failures. Can’t they allow the masses to speak through their votes?”
Recall that Adamu, former governor of Nasarawa State, Wednesday, said the use of BIVAS in the 2023 elections was not ripe. He stated this when received a delegation from the Commonwealth Election Observation Mission.
Quoting him, “I was privileged to serve as a senator. Our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission because we are taking a major step in transmitting election results in real time.
“To transmit results means every part of Nigeria must have networks. I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity.
“INEC must assure us 100 percent that as at when due in transmitting results, they are ready because they spoke about recharging batteries but we had in previous elections when it says it can’t recharge”.