With the implementation of the Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS), according to Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya, there will be no opportunity for electoral fraud in the 2023 election.
Yahaya claimed that prior to the introduction of the BVAS device, the card readers used in past elections were exploited by some politicians for electoral fraud. He made this claim on Tuesday in the Tukulma ward of the Akko Local Government Area (LGA) of Gombe State.
The governor said the BVAS had been introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avert such electoral frauds.
He said he remained confident that if the 2023 elections were to be held anytime, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates at all levels would win elections in the state.
“Before now, some people will sit in a room and write results, declaring whoever the winner of election, but with BVAS, we are not scared because we have supporters,” he said.
Yahaya appealed to potential voters in the ward to ensure that they collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), adding that the PVCs remained the only tools for electorates to choice and determine their leaders during election.
He called on women and youths to vote for Bola Tinubu and all APC candidates in the state, adding that a vote for his party would help sustain the good performances so far recorded by his administration in the state.
Earlier, the State Director-General, APC Campaign Council, Mr Zubair Umar, appealed to supporters to collect their PVCs ahead of the 2023 general election to exercise their franchise.
Umar also called on youths to engage in peaceful politics and eschew violence.
He said that Yahaya needed no campaign for re-election because his administration had performed beyond expectations in all sectors.
According to him, there are over 200,000 PVCs yet to be collected in Gombe State, so I urge supporters and all those who registered to ensure that they collect their PVCs before elections to enable them vote the party of their choice.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gov. Yahaya and his campaign team had so far visited all the wards in Balanga, Kaltungo, Kwami, Shongom and Billiri LGAs of the state and are currently campaigning in Akko LGA.