CUPP Spokesman, Ikenga Imo
*** Says Presidency Doling Out $70,000 To NASS Members To Execute Plot
The opposition political parties in Nigeria under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has raised alarm over alleged grand plot by the Federal Government to forcefully overthrow the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) on Tuesday, when the legislators had planned to reconvene to deliberate on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen from office.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last Friday, relying on order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) served on him, suspended Justice Onnoghen and subsequently appointed an Acting CJN, Justice Tanko Mohammed.
Justice Onnoghen had been standing trial at the CCT over alleged false declaration of assets. His trial and suspension had generated controversy, condemnation and international concern as the 2019 general election remains few days to be conducted.
But during its emergency world press conference Sunday evening, the CUPP alleged among other things that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government has perfected plot to violently takeover the leadership of the National Assembly on Tuesday, 29 January, 2019′
The CUPP in an address delivered by its spokesperson, Ugochinyere Ikenga Imo, further alleged that the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and Senator Dino Melaye are to be arrested Monday midnight.
Further alleging that the APC ring government is going for the final collapse of constitutional democracy in Nigeria, CUPP listed that Senators Ahmed Lawan, Hope Uzodinma, Godswill Akpabio are to be announced as factional Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Senate Leader respectively.
The CUPP Spokesperson claimed also that Hon. Gbajabiamila and Abdulmimin Jibrin had also been pencilled down as the factional Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
Saying that the President Muhammadu Buhari led government is already doling out $70,000 and $40,000 to some senators and some members of the House of Representatives, CUPP alleged that some key opposition members of the National Assembly would be prevented from entering the chambers and arrested on Tuesday.
The full text of the CUPP press conference given to OPTIMUM TIMES is as below:
For Immediate Release CUPP Emergency world Press Conference
27th Jan 2019
APC GOVT PLOTTING VIOLENT TAKEOVER OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON TUESDAY, 29TH JANUARY, 2019
.SARAKI , EKWEREMADU, DOGARA , DINO TO BE ARRESTED BY MONDAY MIDNIGHT.
.APC HAVE PERFECTED PLOT TO ANNOUNCE FACTIONAL NASS LEADERSHIP ON TUESDAY.
.MUHAMMADU BUHARI LED APC FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING FOR THE FINAL COLLAPSE OF CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA
. SEN.AHMED LAWAN, HOPE UZODIMMA, GODSWILL AKPABIO TO BE ANNOUNCED AS FACTIONAL SENATE PRESIDENT, DEPUTY SENATE PRESIDENT AND SENATE LEADER
.GBAJABIAMILA, ABDULMIMIN JIBRIN TO BE ANNOUNCED AS FACTIONAL SPEAKER, DEPUTY SPEAKER
.BUHARI LED APC HAS GIVEN GO AHEAD NOD
.ALI NDUME, OMO-AGEGE, GEORGE AKUME,HOPE,LAWAN, ABDULLAHI ADAMU ARE ARROW HEADS
. SOME SENATORS RECEIVING $70, 000 AND HOUSE MEMBERS RECEIVING $40, 000 FOR ‘WELFARE’ TO JOIN IN THE MOVE
.SARAKI, DOGARA, EKWEREMMADU, LASUN, MURRAY-BRUCE, MELAYE TO BE STOPPED FROM ACCESSING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON TUESDAY
.CALLS ON NIGERIANS TO RISE UP NOW, BE VIGILANT AND DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
The CUPP is once again raising alarm having received incontrovertible facts over a fresh plot that has been hatched and which has received the go-ahead nod of President Muhammadu Buhari led APC govt for a violent, undemocratic, unlawful, illegal and demonic takeover of the leadership of both Chambers of the National Assembly on Tuesday, 29th January, 2019. The APC led Federal government are of the firm belief that Tuesday is their best and last chance to effect the changes as their control of the judiciary will be put to use to ensure there is no reversal of justice for the present occupants. The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday to discuss the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC is ready to do whatever it takes to destroy the very fulcrum of our constitutional democracy on Tuesday and have vowed, it is tomorrow or never. The judicial coup which they believed was supposed to be more difficult went very easily beyond their imagination hence the need to complete the takeover of the National Assembly immediately so that the distraction of the election campaigns will be put to use. They have also resolved that the government will make some big positive announcements tomorrow being Monday, 28th January so as to deflect the minds of Nigerians. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Chibuike Amechi and Babatunde Fashola have been saddled with the responsibility of choosing the issue for announcement by the government.
The plot will see the criminal announcement of Sen. Ahmmed Lawan as the Senate President, Sen. Hope Uzodimma as the Deputy Senate President and Sen. Godswill Akpabio as the Senate Leader. While in the House of Representatives, Hon Gbajabiamila will be announced as the Speaker of the House and Hon Abdulmimin Jibril will be announced as the Deputy Speaker. The decision on who will be the House leader will be resolved by the trio of Bola Tinubu, Adams Oshiomhole and Sen. Gorge Akume.
The arrowheads of this treasonable plot in the National Assembly include Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, Ali Ndume, George Akume and Kabiru Gaya. While the mebers of the House who are part of this plot to destroy democracy include Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Hon. Abdulmimin Jubril and Hon. Agbonayima.
To ensure the plot goes successfully, the Federal Government has mapped out the sum of $70, 000 for each Senator and $40, 000 for each House member for what it called welfare since majority of them will be compelled to be in town suddenly. The money for the bribes have already been released to Senator Lawan and Hon. Gbajabiamila for onward distribution to their members as they return. The money amounting to $15million ($8million for the House and $7 million for the Senate) was sourced from NNPC, CBN, NDDC, NPA, NIMASA, a commercial bank and a company the owner of whom is a member of the cabal.
Nigerians are hereby put on notice that these coupists are plotting that Sen. Saraki, the Senate President, Sen Ike Ekweremmadu the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ben Bruce and Sen. Sen. Dino Melaye, Biodun Olujimi, Hon. Dogara, Kingsley Chinda, Nnena Ukeje among others would be stopped by security agents from gaining entrance into the National Assembly. Thugs have been mobilized from Plateau, Kwara and Kogi to mount protest at the gates of the National assembly and have the approval to attack and disperse any group that come to hold a counter rally.
Nigerians have been sleeping too much and not keeping vigilance. We hereby reiterate our call;
If you are sleeping- wake up!
If you are eating – stop!
If you are playing – stop!
The political barbarians are knocking on the last door of constitutional governance and democratic rule and are willing to knock it down if we do not resist them. This was how Hitler started! He burnt down the parliament and we all know the tyrant that was born afterwards.
Nigerians be vigilant, many citizens paid the supreme price to win our democracy which President Buhari APC and his Buccaneers want to destroy.
We shall stand shoulder to shoulder with all men of good will till we overcome.
They claim they have taken over the Media!
They claim they have taken over the judiciary!
They claim they have taken over the INEC!
They claim they are now taking over the Legislature!
But alas!!! They have not taken over the Nigerian people, our collective will and our renowned resilience to push back evil out of our land!
Freedom comes by struggle!
Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere
1st National Spokesperson.