The presidency has debunked rumours that it plans to stop the use of the Bimodal Voter Registration System (BVAS) in the 2023 polls.
Media aide to the president, Femi Adesina, debunked such while noting that there is also no plan to remove Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Adesina said this on Tuesday at a policy dialogue organised to mark the 2022 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI).
Recall reports have claimed recently of a lawsuit being instituted before the federal high court in Owerri, Imo state, seeking to stop INEC from using BVAS for the 2023 elections.
In his reaction, Adesina urged journalists not to give attention to people with intentions to disrupt the elections by spreading rumours.
“Recently, there was one group that said the chairman of INEC was going to be removed because maybe they didn’t want BVAS,” he said.
“How many times has the president spoken about the role of technology in getting him into office?
“He has spoken about it locally, internationally that three times he contested, three times he ended at the Supreme Court because the government of the day will just write results.
“Then he said until technology came and there was permanent voter cards and so it was difficult to write results.
“So, how and why can the same person have issues with BVAS? I saw that group on television, alleging that there was a plan to remove the INEC chairman and the media gave them that opportunity.
“Such things should be treated with contradictions because they don’t make sense, at least not under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
On achieving a credible election, Adesina said on Monday Buhari, at a meeting in Imo, issued an order to police to ensure the elections are credible.
He also noted the critical roles the media, electoral management body and other stakeholders have to play in seeing that the forthcoming poll is fair and credible.