The Coalition of United Political Parties has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to not outsource his campaign to the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, if he’s match for the nation’s prime job.
The CUPP additionally accused the APC of plotting to rig the 2019 elections and plunge the nation into avoidable disaster.
Addressing journalists at a information convention in Abuja on Friday, CUPP chairman, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, mentioned Buhari would go down in historical past because the first President to rent a proxy in a presidential contest.
The CUPP, which consisted of over 46 political events, mentioned Buhari should debate against its presidential candidate and account for his stewardship to Nigerians.
Oyinlola mentioned, “President Buhari has, certainly, mentioned Senator Bola Tinubu would do the campaigns on his behalf. We hope he was misquoted. Otherwise, Nigerians ought to merely ask him to step again from the competition and let his occasion put Tinubu ahead as its candidate.
“Buhari would go down because the first candidate in historical past to rent a proxy in a presidential contest. He is the one contesting, he shouldn’t be afraid to be the one to interface straight with Nigerians.”
Oyinlola added, “We urge Nigerians to insist that President Buhari should present that he’s match and ready for the nation’s prime job by main his personal campaign and by being on the presidential candidates’ debate.”
The CUPP chairman acknowledged that the refusal of the President to signal the Electoral Act Amendment invoice into legislation was a part of plans to control the polls.
He identified that the amendments have been made to be able to have higher legal frameworks for supply of free and honest 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 achieved in a clear method.”
Quoting Article 2(1) of the ECOWAS Protocol, the previous army administrator argued that the the amendments to electoral legal guidelines could be achieved “however such amendments have to be with the consent of a majority of political actors.
“We, due to this fact, see the President’s choice to not signal the invoice as a direct, open risk to the integrity of the elections and it isn’t humorous.
“We call on him, due to this fact, to have a rethink and signal the invoice into legislation with none additional delay.”