The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to outsource his campaign to the All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, if he is fit for the nation’s top job. The CUPP also accused the APC of plotting to rig the 2019 elections and plunge the nation into avoidable crisis.
Addressing journalists at a news conference in Abuja on Friday, CUPP chairman, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said Buhari would go down in history as the first President to hire a proxy in a presidential contest. The CUPP, which consisted of over 46 political parties, said Buhari must debate against its presidential candidate and account for his stewardship to Nigerians.
The CUPP chairman also stated that the refusal of the President to sign the Electoral Act Amendment bill into law was part of plans to manipulate the polls.
He pointed out that the amendments were made in order to have better legal frameworks for delivery of free and fair elections, in accordance with Article 6 of the ECOWAS Protocol. Oyinlola said the President’s decision not to sign the bill therefore amounts to a direct, open threat to the integrity of the elections.