17 February 2019

Nigeria: Opposition Parties Blame FG, Others for Postponement of Polls

The opposition political parties under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and security agencies for postponing the election, saying that they deliberately sabotaged the Independent

National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a bid to rig election using staggered election.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, he said Buhari and security forces sabotaged distribution and safety of election materials.

He said INEC chairman showed courage by shifting the election to avert national bloodshed and dirty polls while accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being bent on proceeding with the election after compromising distribution and destroying materials in over 15 states.

He said, "The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), believes strongly that the desperation of President Muhammadu Buhari and his men to win the presidential election by all means caused this last minute postponement of the election.

"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 APC will never win. We have been vindicated".

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