The Federal Government has said that President, Muhammadu Buhari, will stand by the deployment of the Bimodal Voters’ Accreditation System for credible, fair and transparent elections in 2023.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, while delivering his goodwill message at the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, with the theme, “Media, Civil Society and Violence-Free Election in Nigeria.”
Adesina was reacting to the recent alarm raised by some civil society organisations and the Spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, Ikenga Ugochinyere, about plans by some political actors to remove the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, through the National Assembly and also deactivate BVAS from being used in the 2023 election and ultimately stop electronic transmission of results.
The SA said, “How many times has the President spoken about the role of technology in getting him into office? He has spoken about it locally and internationally that three times he contested and three times he ended up in the Supreme Court because the government of the day wrote the results and they never voted.
“He (Buhari) said until technology came and there was a permanent voter card, it was difficult to write results. So, how can the same person now have issues with BVAS?”
Adesina, however, told the media to trumpet Buhari’s assurance of a free, fair, and credible election and ignore those who want to cause confusion in the 2023 general election.
Meanwhile, while speaking at the same event, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said that Buhari’s government was committed to ending undemocratic and uncultured activities in the country.