Following the decision by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to remove Ademola Adeleke as governor of the state, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said politicians colluded with its staff to perpetrate over-voting on July 16th, 2022 polls.
In a video that went viral, the Osun Resident Electoral Commission’s Mutiu Agboke said on Wednesday at the palace of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, that the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) assisted in revealing overvoting during the Osun elections.
Agboke explained that BVAS assisted INEC in exposing those who overvoted on election day during the Osun guber polls.
According to him;
Let me use this opportunity to educate our people that against the conspiracy theory going around in the country that sequel to tribunal judgement in Osun State that BVAS has a problem and is deceitful, this is not correct.
We did not use BVAS to conduct election, we did not do electronic voting nor was BVAS used to cast votes, BVAS was only used for accreditation and accreditation is meant to identify the certainty of those that came to cast ballot and that is why against the conspiracy theory, it was BVAS that helped INEC to expose those who carried out overvoting on the election day, so it was not the BVAS that created the problem, that should be corrected.
He added that;
Based on that ruling of tribunal, we have identified some inadequacies from the politicians, voters, our staff and our responsibility is to ensure that we cover all these gaps so that the votes of Osun people can speak for them.
We have warned very strongly that our staff who will not follow the guidelines shall go to jail and we are serious about it. Anybody that wants to come to polling unit…people were able to do overvoting, people deliberately bypass the BVAS.
The politicians in connivance with our staff deliberately bypassed the BVAS, it was this BVAS that exposed overvoting during Osun Election.
So with this judgement of tribunal we have known how overvoting can happen, we are going to beam our searchlight on those staff and I can assure you that all of us should own the process together. This is the way we can correct these anomalies.