The Coalition of United Political Parties on Thursday supported the advice of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), to security agencies to show professionalism and remain impartial in the 2023 general election, describing it as a positive development.
Opposition parties said Buhari had spent the past few months reiterating his determination to peacefully hand over power to his successor; therefore, the security agencies that will be saddled with various support services in next year’s elections must not let the president down.
In a statement made available to journalists, CUPP spokesman Ikenga Ugochinyere said Buhari’s recent warning to security agencies may be related to the Security Services Department’s failed attempt to incriminate the Central Bank governor. , Godwin Emefiele, of terrorism and the plan by some unscrupulous politicians to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Election Commission, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, and prevent the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System in the 2023 general election.
Ugochinyere said: “There has been an ongoing crisis and counter-accusations of involvement by security agencies in plots to derail the president’s CBN-backed policies. Even though Buhari has openly said that he gave the CBN governor the go-ahead for such policies, the politicians, using security agencies like the DSS, are still trying to cause trouble in their selfish attempt to rig the election.
“This statement by the president is believed to be an indirect message to the security agencies and their political patrons to desist from any act that undermines the CBN and INEC movements for credible elections and instead work towards stability and a peaceful transition of the power in May 2023..”
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