CUPP Alleges Plan To Frame Up Atiku, Saraki, Melaye

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Coalition of
United Political Parties on Thursday said it has uncovered an alleged
plan by the Federal Government to implicate the presidential candidate
of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in a case of
alleged gunrunning and perpetuating electoral violence.

It
claimed that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Senator Dino
Melaye and other opposition leaders are also targeted in the plot.

The coalition’s spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation in a statement made available to journalists.

He
said, “Elements of the ruling party have commenced the branding of some
vehicles with the colours of the opposition bearing the photos of these
opposition leaders and have acquired arms which will be hidden in the
vehicles and the vehicles will be driven to join the campaign convoy of
the opposition consensus candidate in Kwara, Kogi and Adamawa and other
parts of the country where they have also selected.

“The vehicles will eventually be searched by the police and the arms recovered.

“Their
plot will include mobilising thugs and causing violence on the day of
such recovery so as to tag the opposition as violent.

“The APC leaders are aware Nigerians now know them for their violence which has trailed their campaigns nationwide.

“Their
internal crisis and ‘grab-power-by-all-means’ attitude have catalysed
their rejection by Nigerians and they desire to break all the laws to
cast the opposition in bad light.

“On poll day, part of their
plot include also to use more of these branded vehicles loaded with
thugs to disrupt voting and collation in some centres and blame the
opposition for violence and disruption of the process which will lead to
mass arrest of opposition leaders to give the ruling party advantage to
rig and deny the people the opportunity to give their preferred
candidates their mandate.”

Ugochinyere said a special
security unit being coordinated by a minister had already been set up
and has commenced work to execute the plot.

He added, “The
security agencies are hereby put on notice that Nigerians will not
accept any breach of security being orchestrated by elements of the
ruling party disguised in whichever form they choose.

“Nigerians
are put on notice to be watchful and vigilant to see through the evil
plans of the ravenous group of rulers we have in our country today. They
should not be deterred. Their songs of war and plot to rig the
elections will be resisted. APC is already in morbid fear of losing
elections and all their shenanigans are like the last futile kicks of a
dying horse.”

The opposition spokesman also called on Nigerians
to remain firm and resolute “as there are yet many members within the
ruling party and in very high positions that are fed up with the
government and daily supply us with relevant leaks and information to
counter all their evil plans.

“A lot more of the information are
being utilised quietly to neutralise them. This government has failed
and Nigerians are no longer in doubt that they are going out on February
16.

Source:- Punchng

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