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Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

Coalition of 42 political parties condemns attack on NASS, INEC

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NASSBy Ikechukwu Okaforadi

A coalition of forty two registered political parties, under the aegis of Committee of Concerned Political Parties (CCPP), have condemned Tuesday’s invasion of the upper chambers by armed thugs who whisked away the mace, just as it described as unwarranted attacks on the INEC by politicians ahead of 2019 general elections.
Some of the parties in the Coalition are: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Accord (A), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Socialite Nigerian Party (SNP), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), APA, among others.
The coalition at the weekend, said they are not happy with the recent moves by the National Assembly to undermine the efforts of the INEC in ensuring credible elections, describing the reordering of election sequence for 2019 polls as a wrong political moves. It said it will work with INEC to ensure the mobilization of voters and cleaning up of the voters register.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the leader of the 42 registered political parties, Onwubuya Breatfortth, who described the attack as shameful and unacceptable said the group condemns in totality the attack on Senate as antidemocratic.
Onwubuya who further described the unfortunate action as democracy in danger, called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to bring to book those who masterminded the attack, especially the officers in charge of the security of National Assembly.
The group which decried the decay in the national security asked the security agencies to brace up to the challenge of securing the country.
About the controversial ordering of election Bill which is now dumped by the National Assembly, he slamed the lawmakers for attempting to enact a selfish law for their selfish interest, arguing that the bill is anti-people and should be discarded.
He said “I am happy that the bill has been dumped, and I earlier told people that that bill will not fly”.
Disclosing their plans to field a consensus presidential candidate in 2019, he said “We are not forming merger but we are going to field and support only one presidential candidate. We are talking with different stakeholders and political parties including the PDP”, he said.
He also called on the federal government to probe the killings nationwide and bring culprits and their sponsors to book.
”The CCPP observes that our democracy is under attack and our country is gradually sliding into a complete breakdown of law and order as a result of high-level conspiracies by few political elites, elder statesmen and some members of the National Assembly.
“We call on those that are manipulating the system for selfish reasons to foster their political interest to have a rethink and desist from spilling the blood of innocent Nigerians.
“We call on Mr. President and security agencies to brace up boldly to tackle this security challenges and bring to book all sponsors of insurgency and those promoting hate speech that is capable of throwing the nation into the state of anarchy,” he said.

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