The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the Chief
of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, of nursing a secret agenda to return the country to a military rule.
CUPP Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere in a statement released on Monday in Abuja, said that opposition came to this conclusion having reviewed the performance of the military in the just concluded governorship election in some parts of the country.
Ugochinyere declared that Buratai’s brazen use of armed soldiers to attack officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission and upturn electoral process were testing grounds for his plot to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.
“We hereby raise the alarm loud enough for all lovers of democracy to hear that an electoral war in the magnitude of that of 1983 is looming in states like Rivers over the desperate moves by the Nigerian Army and the All Progressives Congress to announce fake governorship election results in army barracks in favour of an unknown and non-existence party called AAC.
“We condemn in unequivocal terms President Muhammadu Buhari and his chief of army staff over this reckless overthrow of the electoral process in Rivers state with APC thugs and security agents,” he added.
According to him, the undemocratic activities of the military and other security agencies in Rivers state are tantamount to treasonable felony and should be viewed and treated that way.
“This is an assault on democratic institutions in the country and should be resisted and condemned by all lovers of democracy within and outside the country,” Ugochinyere stated.