The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on president Muhammadu Buhari to retract his statements “and desist from further trying to incite violence for the good of the nation”.
This was in reaction to Buhari’s threat to ballot box snatchers.
Buhari, at a meeting of APC leaders in Abuja on Monday, warned that anyone planning to snatch ballot boxes or rig the forthcoming elections will do so at the expense of his own life.
Reacting, CUPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, alleged that threat was a ploy by the Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the elections.
Ugochinyere said: “The President earlier in the week shamelessly bragged about how gave he gave authorization to his security to kill anyone who is caught ballot snatching, whereas it’s a ploy by him and his immoral security agents to kill innocent Rivers people who will resist their rigging plan under the guise of tagging them ballot snatchers.
“We have credible intelligence that the Army leadership acting on Buhari’s instruction were told to aid APC thugs to write fake results and smuggle into collation centre.
“The Opposition also have it in good authority that the army is planning to abduct Opposition Leaders in Rivers on Friday night, seal off all local government collation to allow only APC agents switch result and thereby reducing Opposition’s votes.
“We wish to let the army know that if they plan to compromise Rivers election and write fake result, it will be deemed as an invitation to Anarchy, and the Opposition will not for any reason accept any election rigging nor tolerate an intimidation of any sort from them.
“We urge our citizens not to fear, this is the final battle, do not be discouraged, this government has shown you what they are made of, it’s time for you to show them that the voices of the people matter by voting them out on Saturday and get Nigeria working again.
“We call on President Buhari to stop his pretentious lifestyle and call off his thugs, retract his statements and desist from further trying to incite violence for the good of the nation.
“We challenge him to engage the opposition consensus candidate, Atiku Abubakar in a free and fair contest and simply concede to defeat when he loses.”