The Forum of Progressive Political Parties (FPPP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately conduct a forensic audit on the generated and appropriated figures of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in Osun State, AMILOADED reports.
The FPPP made the call in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, during a press conference on Monday.
The conference was led by the Osun State Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Idowu Omidiji.
Speaking, Omidiji raised an alarm over the rising figure of applications received so far from the state on the online portal for the CVR exercise, saying the forum had observed with serious concern the geometrical and skyrocketing figures emanating from the website of INEC on a weekly basis.
He said, “We have observed with serious concern the geometrical and skyrocketing figures emanating from the website of INEC on a weekly basis of the ongoing CVR in Osun State. Hence, it has become imperative to update and brief the media and call the attention of the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and his entire management to this scenario playing out in Osun state, just one out of the 36 states in Nigeria, this is totally suspicious and unexpected to us.”
The ADC Chairman, while declaring that the outcome of the CVR exercise was totally suspicious and unexpected to the Forum, further expressed surprise that in both Anambra and Ekiti where governorship elections were to hold before the 26th July, 2022 election in Osun, the figures as copied from the INEC website indicated that as at 26th of July, 2021, Anambra state is having 65,014 fresh eligible voters while Ekiti state whose election will come up in June 2022 has just registered 19,043 new and fresh voters.
Omidiji added, “It is surprising and also very confusing that despite the fact that the Anambra and Ekiti states gubernatorial elections are both coming up before the July 16th Osun State guber election in the year 2022, the figures as copied from the INEC website indicated that as at 26th of July, 2021, Anambra State that is having election later this year has 65,014 fresh eligible voters while Ekiti state whose election is coming up in June 2022 has just registered 19,043 new and fresh voters, while our own Osun state has registered miraculously and amazingly 259,450 fresh voters. We dare say that there is no sufficient, logical, political or economic justification for such an outrageous figure.
“It is also public knowledge that the ongoing CVR for fresh voters is being conducted online via the INEC website using the availability of internet, is it not a miracle that a state like Osun which has one of the lowest and weakest internet penetrations, which is very far below that of Rivers, Kano, Abuja and Lagos states in terms of internet connectivity, usage and penetration has registered close to 300,000 persons in less than 30days.
“We make bold to say that Forum of Progressive Political Parties in Osun state is greatly worried by the continuing reflection of events as being displayed by INEC and we hereby demand that an immediate forensic audit should be conducted on the generated and appropriated figures of Osun state to reveal the true position of things.”
The ADC Chairman further stated, “It is also worrisome that the CVR figures revealed that the new voters in the entire highly politically inclined North West, North East, South South and South East geopolitical zones combined together are far below what Osun state alone has generated in the last twenty-one days is very ridiculous. This put the integrity of the ongoing CVR exercise of INEC to quesion.
“We have been tutored and received briefings by an array of young ICT compliant gurus and engineers and we are convinced beyond reasonable doubts, going by the avalanche of evidences and available information at our disposal that the electronic server and few unscrupulous element s in INEC might have been compromised to fill an inexistent and unrealistic number from the backend of the INEC server,” he said.