- The claim by Dele Momodu, the presidential aspirant in the PDP 2023 primary election, that INEC spent N355bn on BVAS is false
- An analysis of INEC budget in the 2023 election showed the electoral body spent N117.1bn for electoral technology costs
- The BVAS machine falls under the N117.1bn for electoral technology costs, which was contrary to the claim by Dele Momodu
Dele Momodu, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the 2023 election, spent N355 billion on the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
According to The Cable, the publisher of Ovation Magazine made the claim in an Instagram post on Tuesday, September 19.
The post partly read:
“Why waste our scarce resources when we can simply change democracy to monarchy,
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“N355 billion for BVAS, and 5 persons said it wasn’t necessary to use it? Isn’t that laughable? Oh, what a country?”
Recall that Momodu contested for the PDP presidential ticket held in May 2022.
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Following his defeat to Atiku Abubakar during the primary, Momodu became the spokesperson of the PDP presidential campaign council.
The amount actually spent on BVAS
During his defence of the budget before the Senate committee on appropriation, the chairman of INEC, Mahmud Yakubu, disclosed that the electoral body would spend N305 billion for the 2023 general elections.
Yakubu in his explanation disclosed that N50 billion naira was projected for the commission’s 2023 budget while N305 billion was earmarked for the general election.
The electoral body further explained that the commission projected “N161.9bn for electoral operational and administrative costs, N117.1bn for electoral technology costs; N18.5bn for electoral capital costs”.
Therefore, the budget for BVAS machines falls under the technology cost, which is N117.1 billion.
The fact presented about contradicted the claim of the PDP chieftain, Dele Momodu.
Presidency: PDP expresses optimism of 1979, 1983 scenario to repeat itself
Legit.ng earlier reported that Dele Momodu, the spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa presidential campaign council, has revealed what will favour Atiku Abubakar in the Saturday, February 25, presidential election.
Momodu expressed the optimism of 1979 and 1983 poll, where 2 prominent figures in the southern part of the country contested against 1 northern powerbloc to repeat itself.
In the elections, Shehu Shagari was the major northern bloc, while Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe were the 2 southern bloc, they both lost to Shagari.