With less than 2 months to the 2019 general elections, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, the umbrella body of opposition parties in the country, has once more raised alarm over what it sees as a plot by the Presidency to rig the polls.
The coalition said an unholy unity among the trio of the Presidency; the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and security forces might result in the declaration of fake results.
According to CUPP, this may bring about mass protest which the government will attempt to quell with state power.
But the APC, in a swift reaction, said it would not waste precious time resplying CUPP’s claims.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, said in a statement: ‘’CUPP can say anything; they can take a full page in a newspaper. I won’t be replying them.’’
The CUPP in a recent statement also called the attention of Nigerians to strategies by the President Buhari administration to deploy military personnel across the country ahead of the polls.
“The Coalition of United Political Parties has raised alarm over the unholy collaboration between the Presidency, the ruling APC and the leadership of the Nigerian security forces to rig the 2019 Presidential elections, announce fake results and deploy lethal force to quell the expected popular resistance. This has come to light with the unprecedented move of the Nigerian Army to put the entire country on military lock down from 28th December, 2018 to 28th February, 2019 in a manoeuvre termed Operation Python Dance III.
“We hold that by law, it is only the President and Commander-In-Chief that can deploy the military. We wonder why the President acknowledges that failure and inability of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to maintain law and order by deploying the military in one breathe and yet in another is neck deep in the plot to extend the tenure of the IGP.
“If there was really any genuine desire to checkmate those plotting violence during the elections, why was the exercise not extended to after the governorship elections? The desire of the Presidency is just to use the security forces to foist an unpopular President Buhari on the people,” the statement read in part.