- The Coalition of 39 United Political Parties has accused President Buhari of trying to destroy the chances of free and fair elections in 2019
- The coalition says the president's refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law is a deliberate move simply because he's afraid of losing the 2019 elections
- It called on the National Assembly to do something about it
President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of deliberately refusing to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law for the purpose of derailing the 2019 general elections.
The Sun reports that the allegation was made in a statement by the spokesman of the Coalition of 39 United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Tuesday, September 4.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ugochinyere stated that President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress were afraid of losing the election and were against the bill.
He said: “The CUPP views the deliberate last-minute rejection of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the President Buhari-led APC government as a clear indication that Buhari and the APC want to destroy the chances of free and fair election in Nigeria simply because they are afraid of losing the 2019 general elections.
“Buhari and APC are scared of the compulsory use of card readers for accreditation and transmission of election results which the new electoral law provides for.
“The CUPP urges National Assembly to use a joint sitting whenever they return from recess to handle the INEC budget issue and Electoral Act observations and send the clean copy back to President Buhari so that he will have no excuse to ruin our desire for credible elections."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, March 12, in two separate letters addressed to the Senate president Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act.
The president gave three reasons for withholding assent to the Electoral Act Amendment bill which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly intending to change the country's elections sequence.
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