Another June 12 looms FG warns ...says, defunct ABN has resurrected in CUPP

By Editor on 05/02/2019

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Lai Mohammed
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The Coalition of United Political Parties, is now playing the role of the defunct Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), the infamous organ through which the June 12 1993 presidential election was scuttled.

The result of the election now confirmed to have been won by the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, was never announced due to a series of underhand moves by the ABN through the courts.

Nigeria was thereafter, thrown into a long-drawn crises after the election was cancelled and the result annulled by then Military President, Ibrahim Babangida and the installed Interim National Government (ING), led by Chief Ernest Shonekan, was sacked by General Sani Abacha, who then began an iron-hand rule that pitted him against some local forces and the international community.

The eventual death of Abacha and that of Abiola, who was detained for the period the despot was in power, one month apart from each other in 1998, gave room for the government that eventually returned Nigeria to civilian democracy.

Lamenting that Nigeria was returning to the same route, Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the Federal Government, told reporters, on Monday of that there was an evil machination by the opposition to scuttle and discredit the 2019 polls.

Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, pointed to a 10-member delegation which he claimed the opposition had dispatched to some Western capitals, to sell the idea that government had perfected the plan to rig the election.

“Specifically, they are sending a delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington DC, to push the concocted line that the Buhari Administration has perfected plan to rig the polls.

“They are therefore pushing for a rejection of the results if the President wins re-election. They are also predicting carnage in the event of the President’s victory.

“Already, they have started flying the rigging kite domestically.

“They have been engaging in incendiary rhetoric and in making outlandish claims using several fronts, including the nebulous Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which, by the way, is nothing more than a reincarnated Association for Better Nigeria (ABN). Of course you all know the role that the ABN played in the failed 1993 political transition process.

”They have targeted, for attack, the two key institutions that are most critical to the success of the election: INEC and the Police.

“They have used every malleable and malicious personality to make wild allegations against INEC.”

He said the strategy by the opposition is to discredit the election even before it is held, and continue during and after the polls with a view to convincing the West.

Mohammed recalled that he recently at a similar briefing alerted the nation to the plot by the opposition elements to scuttle the polls and push the nation into a constitutional crisis that would lead to an interim government.

“When we raised the alarm, the opposition dismissed it. Of course they were shocked to have been found out, so we understand their panic reaction.

“To underscore the seriousness of our alert, a week after our press conference, the National Security Adviser (NSA) met with state governors to also inform them of this same plan to scuttle the polls via widespread violence,” he said.

The minister said the opposition was going the hog to scuttle the polls because they were convinced, that they could not win a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls.

Mohammed assured that the Administration was undaunted by the opposition’s antics but believed that it was necessary to expose their evil plans.

He restated the commitment of the President to ensure a free, fair and violence-free election.

The minister, therefore, called on all Nigerians to be vigilant as the nation began the final countdown to the election.

He urged them not allow desperate politicians to crash the nation’s democracy on the altar of personal, inordinate ambition.

Posted 05/02/2019 06:43:54 AM

 

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