Turaki’s arrest, further move to frustrate Atiku’s suit – CUPP

By Editor on 05/03/2019

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THE Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, on Tuesday said the Monday arrest of the Deputy Director-General (Administration) of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, Tanimu Turaki (SAN), was in continuation of government’s efforts to frustrate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar's efforts to approach the presidential election tribunal.

Turaki, a former Minister of Special Duties, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.

The CUPP, in a statement by its national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, however, described the arrest as politically-motivated.

He wondered why the National Peace Committee that spearheaded the signing of peace agreement ahead of the general elections will remain silent while the government continues to clamp down on opposition leaders.

He said, “The Coalition of United Political Parties is raising alarm once again about the desperate attempt by Muhammadu Buhari and his foot soldiers to by all means frustrate efforts by coalition presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to retrieve his stolen mandate through a peaceful means- the tribunal where he planned to file his case today.

“This time, Buhari, through his administration’s heavily biased and partisan, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested the Deputy Director-General (Administration) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN.

“The CUPP wishes to condemn the politically-motivated arrest of Turaki by the EFCC, not for any crime but in a failed attempt to derail the completion of processes leading to the filing of the case at the tribunal to retrieve the stolen mandate President Muhammadu Buhari has been parading about.

“The learned Senior Advocate only went to the EFCC office in connection with the signing of bail papers for other Atiku’s associates who are in custody.

“The mode of his arrest and detention clearly shows it was upon a spontaneous realisation that he was a coordinating factor in the expected legal challenge of the rigged presidential election of February 23.

“Inside source within the commission informed us that Mr Turaki is not being questioned by EFCC officials but by a team from the Presidential Villa who are only questioning him about the details of the petition of the PDP.

“They are questioning him on the evidences the PDP has in its possession and the location of the documents/legal secretariat and list of witnesses.

“This is obviously with a view to storming the location, carting away relevant papers and derailing the filing of the papers in the tribunal which must be completed within 21 days from the date of announcement of the election results.

“We, therefore, make bold to say that his arrest at this time was not a mere coincidence but a well-orchestrated plan to ensure that they scuttle the plan to challenge the illegality that happened on February 23 in court by making sure that the suit is not filed within the timeframe allowed by law.

“We have consistently been alerting Nigerians and friends of the country on all steps being taking by this government to stop any legal means to retrieve the mandate it stole on February 23, particularly how millions of naira from tax payers’ money are being doled out to individuals, political parties and groups to continue to mount pressure on Alhaji Atiku to accept ‘defeat.’

“It is noteworthy that all these harassments and intimidations of opposition leaders are going on without a word from the National Peace Committee that midwifed the signing of peace pact ahead of the general elections.

“How can there be peace where the people’s mandate was brazenly stolen? How can there be peace when barriers are consistently being mounted against the victim of executive theft so that he cannot seek redress in court?

“Let this desperate administration that will lose its legitimacy on May 29 know that the eyes of the world are on this country and its illegal actions.”

Ugochinyere urged Nigerians not to be surprised when documents begin to get missing from the registry of the tribunal because, according to him, the President and his men are  desperate to protect “their crime proceed.”

He boasted that every effort by the Buhari administration to stop the retrieval of the stolen mandate will fail.

“The President refused to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, fought to emasculate and annex the Supreme Court, hired people to protest to urge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not to go to Court, paid N40m to each of the 36 political parties that mortgaged their future and call on Atiku to accept ‘defeat’, arrested Alhaji Atiku’s lawyer, Financial Director and now Coordinator of his legal team.

“Many more hurdles are along the way, but Alhaji Atiku Abubakar leading the Nigerian opposition will successfully jump over all of them and effectively retrieve the people’s mandate from the usurper,” Ugochinyere added. – Punch

Posted 05/03/2019 10:30:07 PM


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