Ahead of the upcoming presidential elections, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to run his campaign rather than handing the job to the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Bola Tinubu if he is fit for the nation’s top job.
The CUPP also accused the APC of plotting to rig the 2019 elections and plunge the nation into an avoidable crisis.
This was contained in a statement by the CUPP Chairman, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola during a media conference in Abuja on Friday where he said Buhari would go down in history as the first President to hire a proxy in a presidential contest.
The CUPP which consisted over 46 political parties, said Buhari must debate against its presidential candidate and account for his stewardship to Nigerians.
Oyinlola said, “President Buhari has, indeed, said Senator Bola Tinubu would do the campaigns on his behalf.
“We hope he was misquoted, otherwise, Nigerians should simply ask him to step back from the contest and let his party put Tinubu forward as its candidate.
“Buhari would go down as the first candidate in history to hire a proxy in a presidential contest. He is the one contesting, he should not be afraid to be the one to interface directly with Nigerians.”
He added, “We urge Nigerian people to insist that President Buhari must show that he is fit and able for the nation’s top job by leading his own campaign and by being at the presidential candidates’ debate.”
He also revealed that the President is planning to rig the elections which is evidenced by his refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment bill into law.
He pointed out that the amendments were made in order to have better legal frameworks for delivery of free and fair elections, in accordance with Article 6 of the ECOWAS Protocol which states that “The preparation and conduct of elections and the announcement of results shall be done in a transparent manner.”
He said, “For the avoidance of doubts, why did the President ignore this provision while using the other to refuse to sign the bill into law in preparation for a grand electoral heist in 2019?
“We have already been told that 13.5million persons voted in 2015 without card reader accreditation and 75 per cent of them in President Buhari’s then stronghold.
“We, therefore, see the President’s decision not to sign the bill as a direct, open threat to the integrity of the elections and it is not funny. We call on him, therefore, to have a rethink and sign the bill into law without any further delay.”
“We are even surprised that President Buhari could cite the ECOWAS protocol as a basis for his decision not to sign the bill into law.
“This is the same President who has repeatedly disobeyed orders made by the ECOWAS court which is a product of the same protocol,” the political parties stated.