The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in Nigeria has appealed to former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, not to give up on Nigeria but intervene in the political situation to ensure a seamless transition in the 2023 general elections.
The Spokesperson for CUPP, Ikenga Ugochinyere, stated this during a courtesy call to the former President at his Penthouse residence inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
A statement issued on Friday by Kehinde Akinyemi, Special Assistant to Obasanjo on Media, quoted Ugochinyere as saying that the visit had become important in order to brief “the Father of Nigeria” on the situation, particularly as it relates to his recent findings on alleged attempt by the ruling party to tamper with the elections processes.
The CUPP Spokesperson said it had been his wish to visit the former President, “and report the political situation, particularly the burst plan to rig the election by the ruling party and subsequently throw the country into chaos.”
“So, I have come to see him (Obasanjo) and appeal that he should not give up on Nigeria, that he should continue not to give up on Nigeria, just as he is doing for Africa. He should ensure that there is peaceful transition through his advocacy before and after 2023 and also to press it on the government that the forthcoming elections must be peaceful, free, fair and credible,” Ugochinyere said.
Ugochinyere added that he came “to let him know that I will be running in the election and seek his fatherly blessings, but most importantly to appreciate him for his roles in ensuring peace in Africa.”
He said, “In the last few days, Baba has been in Ethiopia and in-between went to Congo to give investment drive, went again to complete his peace mission South Africa, so we are asking him to replicate this in Nigeria.
“Baba must pay serious attention to Nigeria as we march towards 2023 to ensure that democracy and peaceful transfer of power is achieved.”
Ugochinyere hinted that Obasanjo’s response lifted his spirit for the country saying, “Baba listened carefully and seriously to my epistle and one after the other, he reacted to all my requests. The summary is, he promised to intervene in all the sectors needed to have a peaceful transition come 2023.”