CUPP accuses Buhari, APC of manipulation
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused
President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of seeking
to manipulate the results of the Presidential election in wards of the Federal
Capital Territory (FCT).
CUPP claimed that the APC is attempting to inflate figures
from the northwest and northeast to counter the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
victory in the southern region of the country.
“The CUPP is in possession of irrefutable evidence that APC
Governors of the North West and some of North East geo-political zones are
working assiduously to inflate the number of votes scored by President
Muhammadu Buhari in those regions so as to neutralize the landslide lead of
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the other four geo-political zones,” a statement by
Ikenga Ugochinyere, read.
“They have most shockingly secured the ignoble collaboration
of the Nigerian Army which has begun to give cover to APC Chieftains and
compromised electoral officers to hold back the results from the areas and to
later attempt to smuggle in the inflated results.
“Also having confirmed from their situation room that the
numbers do not add up and that President Buhari also failed to secure the
constitutional 25% of the votes cast in each of two thirds of the states of the
Federation, the President and his Party are mounting pressure on the Enugu State
Governor and the State Resident Electoral Commissioner including other South
East States to alter some results so as to award at least 25% of the Votes to
CUPP also claimed that the incumbent President did not
secure the necessary 25 percent in the southeastern part of the country.
“It is instructive that President Buhari did not secure the
25% votes in any of the States of the South East. It is also in this same light
that the outgoing administration is plotting to frantically to declare the
results of the FCT as inconclusive so as to order a rerun where they will use
security and thugs to intimidate the people,” CUPP said.
“We hereby call on the Electoral Commission not to cancel
any results already declared where no incidents were recorded but only for the
President to have the opportunity to have an unmerited second chance.
“The opposition Presidential Situation Room has completed
compilation of Polling Unit result sheets and tabulation of all results and we
have called the election for the incoming President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. We
may, however, be compelled to release these results to the public to forestall
INEC from playing the games the APC is prodding them to play.
“Our candidate won in a vast majority of the almost 120, 000
Polling Units across the country. We wonder how INEC would now cancel results
of elections where even agents of the ruling party signed and where they lost.
“The credibility of this election must be maintained and not
tarnished because of the undeserved extended ambition of a man who failed
woefully in office.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has won the elections. President
Buhari and the APC know this hence their desperation to attempt to overturn the
will of the people.
But we sound this note of warning to them; we shall
successfully resist any human force that wants to tamper with the victory of
our candidate and the will of the majority of Nigerians.
“The attempt to foist on Nigerians an illegitimate President
through inflation of electoral figures has failed. The People have elected a
legitimate President in the Person of Atiku Abubakar going by the Polling Units
results in our firm custody and we have no fear or doubt about our ability to
defend the sacred mandate Nigerian people has given to Atiku Abubakar.”
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