- The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) argues that the results in the general elections do not reflect the true aspirations of Nigerians
- Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the coalition, faults the 2019 general elections as a complete departure from the electoral gains made in 2015
- Ugochinyere accuses the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, of collaborating with the current administration to rob the Nigerian people of their will
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has rejected what it called the purported victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general elections, claiming the results in parts of the country do not reflect the true aspirations of Nigerians.
The group in a statement on Monday evening, February 25, faulted the 2019 general elections as a complete departure from the electoral gains made in 2015, The Punch reports.
Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the coalition, accused the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, of collaborating with the current administration to rob the Nigerian people of their will while lying to the international community.
“The country did not erupt in wild jubilations, rather citizens are seen gathering in small clusters discussing in low tunes knowing that Nigeria is now perfectly on the path to disintegration and absence of growth and development,”the statement from CUPP read in part.
“We hereby, on behalf of the people of Nigeria reject the results of the elections and the purported victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC and also declare the purported mandate which the President lays claim to as a stolen and illegitimate and which ought to be returned to the rightful owner.
“In the glare of the whole world, the government killed its own citizens, cancelled results particularly in areas of strength of the opposition, inflated scores recorded particularly in areas of strength of the President, burnt INEC offices in areas where it was no sure of victory, raided opposition leaders homes and officers, compromised INEC and security officials, yet the INEC chairman crowned them with victory dripping with blood of innocent citizens who were mauled down by bullets of enemies of democracy because of the desperation of a non-performing President to hold on to power.”
The group called for all those who allegedly actively participated in violating the electoral process to be placed on visa ban including the INEC chairman, all members of his immediate family, the heads of Nigeria’s security agencies, the APC leadership, and other top government functionaries.
Meanwhile, the federal government has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is laying the groundwork for a constitutional crisis by unleashing its “talking heads” to claim victory in the Saturday election, even when INEC has yet to announce the results.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the allegation on behalf of the government in a statement issued in Oro, Kwara state, on Monday, February 25.
He alleged that the PDP’s claim to victory in the polls through its spokespersons, including Buba Galadima, Osita Chidoka and Femi Fani-Kayode, was an action that amounted to a clear case of impunity.
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