Coalition of opposition political parties (CUPP) has commended the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Yakubu Mohammed, on his determination to ensure a credible election.
CUPP spokesperson Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere while addressing a world press conference Monday in Abuja, noted that the INEC Chairman’s insistence on the use of BVAS for the February elections, the publication of the voters’ register particularly on the website of the Commission, point to the fact that the INEC Chairman is indeed working to ensure transparent and credible general elections
Ugochinyere, however, warned that the goodwill of the INEC chairman is about to be tarnished by the usual suspects as they are keeping alive their move to remove the INEC Chairman, who is currently on official assignment outside the country, once he is back.
He noted that the questionable characters behind the Onuma Magic are still working on the plot to remove the INEC chairman, replacing him with a chair who will do their bidding to stop the use of BVAS and the cleanup process in the voters’ register.
“They are hiding their fraudulent intent by insisting that the publication of the voters register by the INEC is illegal and goes beyond the Electoral Act” CUPP alleged.
Furthermore, he stated that despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s words that there were no such moves, the move was still alive and kicking more than ever now.
CUPP thus warns well-meaning Nigerians the courts and security agencies to resist this plot from those who only want to undermine the proposed credible elections by arresting and removing the INEC chair on fraudulent claims.
“It is for this purpose that the Nigerian opposition and indeed all Nigerian citizens of goodwill have resolved that we shall resist and reject any form of arrest of the INEC Chairman when he returns to the country. We shall also vehemently resist and reject every form of resignation from office by the INEC Chairman either forced or otherwise or any other form or method of removal from office as the Omuma Magic initiators now speak more boastfully and assuredly than before.
“We therefore call on any Federal High Court judge before whom any form of application seeking the removal of the INEC Chairman from office is pending before to remit such files back to the Chief Judge of the Federal high Court and not grant such order. We further call on the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to also formally place this same demand before all judges of the Federal High Court. We believe we have warned against this for the last time and shall not have need to address it again,” the statement concluded.