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Kwara: Buhari pushing towards election crisis worse than 1963, 83–CUPP

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Decribes police, presidency actions as ‘show of shame’

•Urges US, UK, EU to place visa ban on Police boss

Jude Johnson 

The Secretariat of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of trying to push the country towards election crisis worse than that of the 1963 and 1983.

Spokesman of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, on Thursday, raised the alarm on what he described as a “show of shame by the Presidency and the Police high Command wherein the Police is being mobilized and manipulated to intimidate voters”.

 

Ugochinyere noted that reports coming out from Kwara State with photo evidence showing a Police helicopter which,  landed in an obscure school and transferred bags alleged to be containing large amount of cash and also sensitive materials for the election have not been credibly denied by the Police.

To this end, CUPP called on the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) to place visa ban on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

Part of the statement reads: “Merely asking Nigerians to disregard the photos without stating the true circumstances if any, how the helicopter landed in that school and what contents it transferred to a vehicle allegedly identified to belong to the APC candidate for the election is therefore a smokescreen to hoodwink the people from the deserved uproar against the Police which this situation merits.

“It is worrisome that President Muhammadu Buhari after mouthing his desire for a free and fair 2019 election will allow and approve the manipulation of the Police against the wishes of Nigerians. The ignoble and despicable role of the Police in the supplementary Osun Governorship election in September is still very sour in the mouths of all Nigerians. “

“Throughout this administration, the Inspector General of Police whose controversial appointment following alleged unclear circumstances that led to the President scoring over two million votes in Kano State and the bizarre and unresolved circumstances that surround the death of the then Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano State with his entire family members, has continuously yielded and compromised the Police and its men for the use of politicians in the ruling party.

“We hereby caution that these actions of the President is steadily pushing Nigeria towards an electoral crisis worse than what the country experienced in 1963 and 1983 and hereby calls on the European Union, the US and UK Governments to place on visa ban, the Nigerian Inspector General of Police and his identified collaborators in the Presidential Villa to forestall this imminent humanitarian crisis if he is allowed to continue unchecked. The Police must not be allowed to continue to be used to foist an unpopular government on the Nigerian people.

A word is enough for the wise.”

 


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