- The APC has been accused by the CUPP of plotting to remove the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano
- According to the coalition, the APC is not happy with the respected traditional rulers for refusing to support the party in the coming rerun polls in Sokoto and Kano states
- The CUPP also alleged that the ruling party had perfected plans to militarise Sokoto and write figures from selected polling units like they did in Rivers state
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that there is a grand plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano.
According to CUPP, the plan to dethrone the two monarchs was as a result of their refusal to take sides in the forthcoming supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states.
The coalition of parties disclosed this on Tuesday, March 19, in a statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, Independent reports.
“We are alerting Nigerians of the plot and threats by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to depose the revered Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano for refusing to bow to pressure to take sides in the upcoming supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states.
“The grouse of the leaders of the ruling party is that the respected traditional rulers refused to intervene and interfere to galvanise support for the sinking APC in Sokoto and Kano states.
“Leaders of APC are accusing the monarchs of allegedly taking sides with the Peoples Democratic Party and hence they have hatched a plot that if the traditional rulers do not help them to win the people’s support and they succeed to manipulate the election, that they will dethrone the respected traditional rulers from the thrones of their forefathers,” the coalition said.
Going further, CUPP argued that APC allegation against the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano was a lie. It said the Emir and Sultan's appeal for calm and the will of the people to be respected is what is making the APC leaders think they are aiding the opposition.
The coalition alleged that leaders of the APC are already threatening to force out the traditional monarchs by setting up state House of Assembly panel to indict them of corruption, if they win the supplementary elections.
“They are also considering the use of the CJN option against these respected monarchs. This move to drag the sacred stools of the forefathers of these two states is an invitation to full blown anarchy.
“We are warning the APC leaders to back out of this nonsense for the good and stability of the entire country.
“The move to militarise Sokoto and write figures from selected polling units has been perfected like they did in Rivers state and we must stand up against that," the coalition added.
The CUPP called on the people of Kano and Sokoto states to vote and also defend their votes for their future and the preservation of the stools of their forefathers.
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“The APC government should not try with rigging because the tension is higher than that of 1983 and any of such move will spell doom for our democracy. Our final advice for them is to allow the will of the people to prevail," it added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that ahead of the supplementary elections in Kano on Saturday, March 23, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state said that his government would not tolerate any breach of peace by any group or person in the state.
Ganduje gave the warning on Tuesday, March 19, in Kano when an amalgam of 320 associations, called Kano Peace Ambassadors, paid him a solidarity visit.
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