The Leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has raised concerns about the forthcoming 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
According to the Church Leader, the election may be marred by ethnic tensions and violence, as well as potential problems with the Biodata Verification and Authentication System (BVAS) and Card Readers, which are used to verify the identity of voters.
Speaking in Lagos on Sunday, February 19, 2022, in a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin Primate Ayodele warned that the police need to be careful to avoid compromising the integrity of the election.
He also warned that there could be a crisis in some polling units, with ethnic thugs threatening voters who support certain candidates.
Furthermore, the Church Leader expressed doubt about the accuracy of the BVAS and Card Readers, stating that these machines may fail to provide accurate results. He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take urgent action to ensure that their records are accurate, so as to prevent confusion and disputes that may arise after the election.
“The BVAS and card readers will disappoint a lot of people, I don’t know how they want to do it because these machines may not give us the answer. INEC must do something urgently in order to put their records straight. The security need to stand firm because some people will want to disrupt the election,” he warned.
Primate Ayodele’s comments come amidst rising tensions in the country ahead of the 2023 presidential election, with many concerned about the potential for violence and electoral malpractice. In recent years, Nigeria has experienced significant electoral violence, particularly during gubernatorial and parliamentary elections.
As a spiritual leader, Primate Ayodele has a large following in Nigeria, and his warnings about the 2023 election are likely to be taken seriously by many. However, it remains to be seen how the Nigerian government and INEC will respond to his concerns, and what measures will be taken to ensure a free and fair election.
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