The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) says the only way President Muhammadu Buhari can prove he is “not cloned is to come home as a true Nigerian leader and sign the 2018 amended Electoral Bill into law.”
According to a statement signed by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, the CUPP said Buhari had deliberately refused to sign the electoral amendment bill, 2018.
The group accused the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), of plot to frustrate the credibility of the 2019 elections.
Buhari turned down the bill for the second time in September, asking the national assembly to revise some clauses.
The assembly had passed the bill on July 24 and transmitted to the president on August 3.
Reacting to the refusal of the President to sign the bill, CUPP wondered how Buhari, “who had claimed to be a victim of rigged elections and how an improved electoral process benefitted him in 2015 is now the greatest antagonist to free and fair election.”
The group said: “Many Nigerians do not believe that the Buhari they knew in 2015 who declared that he belonged to everyone and belonged to no one is the same person dividing Nigerians along 97% and 5% and exhibiting the worst levels of nepotism in the appointment of heads of security agencies.
“Hence, President Buhari’s best way to prove to the Nigerians he spoke to in Poland that he is not cloned is to come home as a true Nigerian leader and sign the 2018 amended Electoral Bill into law.”
The group also raised allegations over a purported plan by the APC to pre-load the card readers for the 2019 elections, and that there is an alleged plan to destabilise the elections in 10 states including Edo, Rivers and Benue.