The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has rejected the results of last Saturday’s presidential election currently being collated and announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
It has also described the chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as the ‘worst ever’ since 1999.
The INEC began the collation and announcement of the presidential results on Monday at the national collation centre Abuja.
So far eleven states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have been announced with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winning seven states against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s, candidate Atiku Abubakar’s five.
In a statement on Monday evening by its national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP described the exercise as “pyrrhic victory and the robbery of a nation.”
The statement said there were evidences all over the country that the election was flawed noting that Nigerians were no longer in doubt that the 2019 general elections was “a complete departure from the electoral gains made in 2015 and that the INEC chairman is the worst Chairman since 1999 for his unbridled avarice and in pursuit of petty religious, ethnic and primordial sentiments fully collaborated with the regime to rob the people of their will while looking the international community straight in the eyes and lying to them.”
Ugochinyere, further noted that the announced results by the INEC Chairman were not in tandem with the wishes of Nigerians.
“The country did not erupt in wild jubilations, rather citizens are seen gathering in small clusters discussing in low tunes knowing that Nigeria is now perfectly on the path to disintegration and absence of growth and development.
“We hereby, on behalf of the people of Nigeria reject the results of the elections and the purported victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC and also declare the purported mandate which the President lays claim to as a stolen and illegitimate and which ought to be returned to the rightful owner.
“In the glare of the whole world, the government killed its own citizens, cancelled results particularly in areas of strength of the opposition, inflated scores recorded particularly in areas of strength of the President, burnt INEC offices in areas where it was not sure of victory, raided opposition leaders homes and officers, compromised INEC and security officials, yet the INEC chairman crowned them with victory dripping with blood of innocent citizens who were mauled down by bullets of enemies of democracy because of the desperation of a non-performing President to hold on to power,” he said.
CUPP called on the international community to place a visa-ban on the INEC Chairman and all members of his immediate family, the heads of Nigeria’s security agencies, APC leadership, compromised INEC Resident Electoral Commissioners and other top government functionaries who “actively participated in robbing the country of its legitimate choice of democratic leadership.”