Buhari plotting to sabotage electoral process, CUPP, Atiku allege

Opening a can of worms against President Mu­hammadu Buhari, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), and the Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday claimed that the pres­ident was plotting to rig the 2019 general elections.

The umbrella body of over 45 major opposition political par­ties, also rose from a closed-door meeting at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on Wednesday, and announced former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential flagbearer of the PDP as their consensus candi­date.

Insisting that Buhari planned to rig the forthcoming elec­tions, they claimed that President Buhari planned to with­draw assent to the amended Electoral Act.

According to the body, Bu­hari is insisting on the exist­ence of Article 2 of the ECO­WAS Protocol on Democracy and Good-Governance, which prohibits countries from mak­ing any amendment to its elec­toral laws less than six months to elections, unless there is con­sent of all the political parties.

The coalition led by the for­mer governor of Osun State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, chieftain of the Social Demo­cratic Party (SDP), had earli­er signed a pact which enabled the coalition endorse a com­mon presidential candidate in order to wrest power from the ruling All Progressives Con­gress (APC).

At a media briefing, Oyinlo­la accompanied by representa­tives of other political parties, members of the CUPP, said they endorsed Atiku because “he stands tall, and has the ca­pacity to defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buha­ri, who has abysmally failed in turning around the fortunes of the country”.

He explained that CUPP adopted factors such as “na­tional acceptability, financial capacity, spread of his political party, leadership capacity, international acceptability, expe­rience, capacity to rebuild the economy, secure the country and unite all Nigerians”, before they endorsed him.

He said CUPP will be formal­ly meet Atiku before Friday for a formal commencement of campaigns by the coalition in line with their pact.

Also, the 1st Publici­ty Secretary of CUPP, Iken­ga Ugochinyere Imo, accused Buhari of doing everything possible to ensure the elector­al amendment bill which had abolished the use of Incident Forms from being signed into law to render the Card Reader irrelevant in the transmission of election results in preference to manual transmission of election results.

Imo further alleged that APC and Buhari had perfected plans to frustrate the National Assem­bly in getting the newly-passed electoral act become law.
Imo said, “We have credi­ble intelligence that the design of the grand plot to derail the 2019 general elections has been completed and the implementa­tion have commenced.

“It is more worrisome that the government towing this path of dishonor is a govern­ment that won an open elec­tion where the people were al­lowed to cast their votes freely and their votes were allowed to count.

“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 into law”.

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has said there will be no escape route for elec­tion riggers in 2019, even as he warned the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct free and fair election and avert crisis.

Speaking at the Ilorin Met­ropolitan Mini-stadium on Wednesday at a rally to kick-off the PDP North-Central Presi­dential rally, Prince Secondus said that his party would not accept the outcome of a rigged election.

The PDP National Chairman told the jubilant crowd from the six states of Kwara, Niger, Na­sarawa, Benue, Kogi and Pla­teau that the party chose a res­cuer in the person of Atiku and his vice, Peter Obi, to fly their flag at the presidential election.

He stated that “Atiku Abuba­kar is a man set out by provi­dence to rescue this country from the APC-mess and we must give him our votes.
“He is the man destined to make Nigeria work again and he would end hunger and unite Nigerians once again”.

He warned the Police and other security agencies who might want to connive with INEC and APC to thwart the will of the people, that they would be stoutly resisted.

Also, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, told the rally that Atiku is the only per­son with the requisite knowl­edge to resolve the challenges facing the country.

Speaking, the PDP Presi­dential Campaign Organiza­tion (PPCO) Spokesperson, Kola Ologondiyan, noted that the spontaneous jubilation and the overflowing crowd of sup­porters that received Atiku at the rally confirmed his accept­ance across board as the next president.

On his part, Atiku reassured the people that with their man­date, he would firmly address the myriad of the problems fac­ing the country.

The high point of the rally which attracted top PDP lead­ers from the North Central zone was the handing over of victory flags to the Atiku and the party’s gubernatorial flag bearers in thezone.

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