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Protesters fault non-usage of BIVAS in Kogi gov election

Scores of demonstrators stormed the gates of the National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday demanding to know why the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmoud, failed to make use of the brand new voting expertise, Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, in some centres on the final governorship election in Kogi State.

The protesters insisted that the electoral umpire’s failure to additional deploy the INEC Result Viewing Portal for folks to watch the ballot ends in real-time contributed to the victory of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Usman Ododo.

The protest comes a number of hours after the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday reserved judgment within the enchantment filed by the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Murtala Ajaka, in opposition to the May 27 ruling of the state election petition tribunal.

PUNCH on-line reported {that a} three-member panel of the tribunal had affirmed the November 11, 2023 election victory of Ododo.

Both the SDP and Ajaka challenged the APC candidate’s victory after INEC declared him the winner.

Chanting solidarity songs and displaying a number of banners that learn, ‘Nigerian judges, uphold BVAS integrity’, ‘Technicality cannot override BVAS’ and ‘BVAS: Safeguard Nigeria’s democratic future,’ the protesters, beneath the aegis of Concerned Kogi Citizens, appealed to the lawmakers and President Bola Tinubu to uphold the tenets of democracy.

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Addressing newsmen on the entrance of the meeting, the chief of the protesters, Isaiah Ijele, mentioned, “Our protest is premised on the current BVAS fraud within the Kogi State Governorship Election of November
11, 2023 the place the BVAS Technology was bypassed resulting in the emergence of an unpopular candidate within the individual of Governor Usman Ododo.

“The ninth National Assembly wrote its title in gold when it amended the Electoral Law to supply the 2022 Electoral Act with a renewed hope that BVAS expertise might be used to curb overvoting and different Electoral irregularities/fraud endlessly.

“Kogi folks really feel so betrayed that after all of the assurances given by INEC that BVAS machines might be used to curb overvoting, some INEC officers compromised and bought Kogi State out. We are right here to enchantment to the lawmakers to make use of their good workplace to save lots of democracy in Kogi State and Nigeria as a complete.

“We demand that BVAS be made obligatory for accreditation throughout elections and enchantment that the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, be summoned earlier than the Senate to elucidate to Nigerians why he authoriseed his employees and authorized staff to defend the malpractices that have been carried out.

“We further demand that INEC should declare election results from the IREV only after confirming the exact number of accredited voters on BVAS. We have lost hope in professors conducting elections.”

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