The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) have accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC of plans to frustrate the credibility of 2019 elections. This was contained in a statement by the group’s spokesman Ikenga Ugochinyere who accused President Buhari for refusing to sign the new Electoral Bill into law.
President Buhari has so far turned assent to the new Electoral Bill twice after passage by the National Assembly.
CUPP also wondered; “who had claimed to be a victim of rigged elections and how an improved electoral process benefitted him in 2015 is now the greatest antagonist to free and fair election”.
The group added by asking President Buhari to prove that he is not cloned when he returns from Poland. The allegations of President Buhari being dead and is being impersonated made both local and international news this week.
“Many Nigerians do not believe that the Buhari they knew in 2015 who declared that he belonged to everyone and belonged to no one is the same person dividing Nigerians along 97% and 5% and exhibiting the worst levels of nepotism in the appointment of heads of security agencies,” the statement read.
“Hence, President Buhari’s best way to prove to the Nigerians he spoke to in Poland that he is not cloned is to come home as a true Nigerian leader and sign the 2018 amended Electoral Bill into law.”
“We are also sad to say this to you; that there is intelligence that the President has agreed with his kitchen cabinet not to sign the amendment into law,” it said.
“We have been informed that after several undue delays, the President is set to communicate the National Assembly anytime from today that he would not be able to sign the amendment due to the existence of Article 2 of the ECOWAS Protocol on democracy and good governance which prohibits countries from making Electoral Act amendments less than six months to elections unless there is consent of the political parties.”
CUPP also alleged plans to pre-load the cards readers by the APC, politicize the security agencies and destabilize the election in 10 states including Edo, Rivers and Benue States.