- says Buhari’s desperation led to the postponement
The Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and his men desperately postponed the general presidential election in their desperation to win.
NAIJA CENTER NEWS had reported that INEC postponed the election at 3am on Saturday while some Nigerians where already on the street waiting to cast their votes.
The commission sighted logistic problems, appealing to Nigerians for better understanding.
Reacting, the CUPP spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere alleged that Buhari desperation led to the postponement.
He disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Saturday morning.
He said, “In their bid to once again foist an unpopular government on Nigerians, they threw caution to the winds and started setting electoral materials on fire in states that are well known to be strongholds of opposition.
“These acts of sabotage, no doubt, ruined the preparations of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the elections.
“We have raised the alarm many times that agents of the government were working hard to ensure that elections are not held or are declared inconclusive in areas they know that the All Progressives Congress will never win. We have been vindicated.
We blame the international embarrassment this last minute postponement has caused the nation on the President, the desperate leaders of his party, APC, and the nation’s security agencies who failed woefully in their duties to protect electoral materials and INEC offices from attacks by these enemies of the nation.”
The CUPP spokesperson added that “President Buhari’s judgement day with the people has just been shifted.”
Ugochinyere, however, commend the courage the INEC Chairman had to shift the election.
He claimed that the postponement averted what he said would have been “national bloodshed because we are aware that APC wanted to proceed with election after compromising distribution and destroying materials in over 15 states.”
What US Secretary of State Pompeo told Atiku and Buhari
The United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar through a phone call, the need for a peaceful and credible election.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Spokesperson for the
Pompeo underscored the US support for credible and peaceful polls in Nigeria
Atiku had reportedly confirmed that he received a phone call from the US Secretary.
Palladino disclosed that “Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with major Nigerian presidential candidates President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in advance of the country’s February 16 presidential election.
“The Secretary noted the deep and long-standing partnership between the United States and Nigeria, Africa’s most-populous democracy and largest economy.
“He underscored U.S. support for the Nigerian goal of free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the Nigerian people.
“He welcomed both candidates’ signing of a peace pledge and public commitment to renounce violence and to accept the results of a credible process.
“The Secretary noted the conduct of the elections is critical for the future of democracy in Nigeria and across Africa”.