The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has described last Saturday’s presidential election as the worst in Nigeria’s history.
In a statement Wednesday night, CUPP spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, stated that the announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the election was fraudulent.
The coalition said evidences abound nationwide that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) massively suppressed votes of the opposition.
The statement said: “President Buhari has insulted us all and our sensibilities. He has dared us all. He raped our electoral decency. In a bid to hang on to power with the crooks under him, he murdered democracy. Only a person who lacks understanding will congratulate a man who set out to burn down our electoral system.
“We ask, how do you accept this madness? Accepting this without as much as stiff resistance and exposing the fraud that was committed by President Buhari and the APC in this election is the recipe for future stealing of votes and massive voter apathy since voters will not have confidence in the system and this vicious cycle will continue perpetually. There must be an end to vote stealing.
“President Buhari refused to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. His supporters aided by security forces silence burnt card readers, stole electoral materials and sabotaged distribution.
“His soldiers acting on his instruction against the judgment of court chased PDP agents out of collation Centres, Returning Officers were held at gun point with security forces watching like in Imo and made to announce fake figures, in Akwa Ibom votes were destroyed and cancelled to reduce figures, in Lagos he supported ethnic violence, votes for the first time was burnt because of President Buhari, hundreds of thousands of citizens in Sabon Gari in Kano never voted because President Buhari ensured they never did because he was afraid he did not have their votes.
“Nobody was shot dead for ballot snatching rather innocent Nigerian voters and citizens opposing this robbery were killed in Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta State etc by security forces. The only recorded incidence of apprehension of ballot box snatchers were a result of the implementation of Opposition Code 20 by citizens in Lagos.
“His audacity that he will rob us and remain, president, is most insulting. He can get an announcement but he cannot get our support. He can rule with the guns and continue to kill and maim but we must stand firm from now till the end. President Buhari is not the man we voted. Our President is dancing and celebrating on the rivers of blood of slain citizens.
“It is now obvious to Nigerians why President Buhari destroyed the Supreme Court and violently and undemocratically removed the Chief Justice of Nigeria even against the clear provisions of the Constitution.
“He knew he would rob the people and had to first make sure that justice would be denied the people from the illegitimate head of the Supreme Court.
“He knew he would rob the people and he retained the Chief of Army Staff for years after he was due for retirement and Nigerians all saw how the military interfered in the election and rigged for President Buhari.
“We hereby declare the president as the carrier of stolen mandate and urge all Nigerians to continue to resist within civil means this robbery and continue to support the opposition to retrieve this mandate and bestow it to the rightful owner. We shall never give up.”