By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – THE Coalition of United Political Parties,CUPP, Morning, said the ongoing military and security agencies’ siege on Rivers State especially at the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC,was a breeding ground for military coup in the country.
The group,in a statement by its spokesman,Ikenga Ugochinyere,said after reviewing the “performance of the Nigerian military in the just concluded governorship election in some parts of the country,it has come to the conclusion that the Chief of Army Staff,Lt. General Tukur Buratai, is nursing a secret agenda to return the country to a military rule.”
“We make bold to say that Buratai’s brazen use of armed soldiers to attack officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and upturn electoral process were testing grounds for his plot to truncate Nigeria’s democracy,”it said in the statement.
The statement read further:”We hereby raise the alarm loud enough for all lovers of democracy to hear that an electoral war in the magnitude of that of 1983 is looming in states like Rivers over the desperate moves by the Nigerian Army and the All Progresives Congress to announce fake governorship election results in Army Barracks in favour of an unknown and non existence party called AAC.
“We condemn in unequivocal terms President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chief of Army Staff over this reckless overthrow of electoral process in Rivers State with APC thugs and security agents.
“We hereby say without mincing words that the undemocratic activities of the military and other security agencies in Rivers State are tantamount to treasonable felony and should be viewed and treated that way.
“This is an assault on democratic institutions in the country and should be resisted and condemened by all lovers of democracy within and outside the country.”