The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has described Saturday’s presidential election as the worst in Nigeria’s history.
Backstory: In a statement on Wednesday night, CUPP spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, stated that the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the election was fraudulent, claiming that there is evidence nationwide that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) massively suppressed votes meant for the opposition.
“Accepting this without as much as a stiff resistance and exposing the fraud that was committed by President Buhari and the APC in this election is the recipe for future stealing of votes and massive voter apathy since voters will not have confidence in the system and this vicious cycle will continue perpetually. There must be an end to vote to steal.” he said.
“President Buhari has insulted us all and our sensibilities. He has dared us all. He raped our electoral decency. In a bid to hang on to power with the crooks under him, he murdered democracy. Only a person who lacks understanding will congratulate a man who set out to burn down our electoral system.”
Other allegations by the CUPP:
- Soldiers acting on Buhari’s instruction chased opposition party agents out of collation Centres. Returning Officers were held at gunpoint with security forces watching like in Imo and made to announce fake figures. In Akwa Ibom votes were destroyed and cancelled to reduce figures. In Lagos he supported ethnic violence, votes for the first time was burnt because of President Buhari. Hundreds of thousands of citizens in Sabon Gari in Kano never voted because President Buhari ensured they never did because he was afraid he did not have their votes.
- Nobody was shot dead for ballot snatching rather innocent Nigerian voters and citizens opposing this robbery were killed in Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta State etc by security forces.
“He can get an announcement but he cannot get our support,” Ugochinyere said. “We hereby declare the president as the carrier of stolen mandate and urge all Nigerians to continue to resist within civil means this robbery and continue to support the opposition to retrieve this mandate and bestow it to the rightful owner. We shall never give up.”