The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of plotting to attack the National Assembly next week.
The coalition made this known in a Tuesday statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, adding that the ruling party was plotting to endanger the nation’s democracy like it allegedly did on August 7.
The National Assembly is set to reconvene on September 25 after months of recess.
CUPP said, “This latest dastardly act by the anti-democratic forces of the APC included the surreptitious filing of a suit and seeking out a compromised judge who will in controversial circumstances grant an ex parte application directing that one third of the Senators/House members can demand to open either chambers of the National Assembly.
“CUPP has been informed that the plot also includes the police inviting the leadership of the National Assembly just before the controversial ruling and their subsequent detention with a black market injunction from a magistrate’s court, thereby paving the way for the unlawful and violent change of the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.
“Some of the security agencies will provide security cover for the coupists while a section of the media has been coopted to churn out news and justification for such evil plots.
“This kind of desperation by the APC and Presidency can only be likened to the last kicks of a dying horse, which usually gives it the hope that it will salvage the head which is already off.
“The ship of the APC is fast sinking and is obviously beyond redemption.
“Nigerians are daily convinced that the APC was a mistake made in 2015 and are also resolved that they are a mistake to be corrected in 2019.
“It is worrisome that the Party entrusted by Nigerians to provide leadership, growth and development for the country could in one plot compromise the judiciary, the legislature, the Police, the Department of State Services, the media and indeed all institutions of our democracy.
“In the coming days, Nigerians and indeed all lovers of democracy world over are hereby placed on alert to watch out for the unfolding of this plot and call on the Presidency and the APC not to destroy our democracy before they leave office in eight months as Nigerians have rejected them and cannot wait to send them packing in the next general elections.
“We call on the international community to place key members of the APC led Federal government on watch list and ensure they have no hiding place anywhere in the world should anything happen to our democracy.’’
But the APC vehemently denied the allegation, describing the coalition as a mouthpiece of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which it said is known for such undemocratic practices.
In a counter statement, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said that “these new rounds of falsehood by the sponsored ‘Coalition’ as a last-ditch attempt by the outgoing and minority National Assembly leadership of the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to prevent the reconvening of the National Assembly and continue a minority-rule in an APC-dominated federal legislature.
“We are in a democracy and are governed by laws. A few cannot hold the legislative arm of government to ransom through their selfish political games.
“The National Assembly must be reconvened immediately to attend to crucial and pending legislative business. The majority must be allowed to lead.”