Cupp alleges government plot to depose sultan of Sokoto and emir of Kano for not supporting APC

NIGERIA'S Coalition of United Political Parties (Cupp) has accused the government of planning to depose the sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar and the emir of Kano Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi for refusing the back the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Last month, Nigeria held presidential elections with incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar being the two leading candidates and a fortnight ago, governorship polls were held. According to the Cupp, the two traditional rulers have been earmarked for deposition because they are not support the ruling APC in the forthcoming supplementary elections taking place in five states.


Cupp spokesman Imo Ugochinyere, made the allegation yesterday, stating that the APC leaders in Kano and Sokoto states were behind the move. Mr Ugochinyere claimed that the decision to depose the traditional rulers was taken because of their decision not to take sides in the supplementary elections holding in the states on Saturday.


He said: “The Coalition of United Political Parties has once again intercepted credible intelligence of a fresh plot by APC chieftains in Kano and Sokoto with the full support of Adams Oshiomhole against the sultan of Sokoto and emir of Kano. We are alerting Nigerians to the plot and threats by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to depose the revered sultan of Sokoto and the emir of Kano for refusing to bow to pressure to take sides in the supplementary governorship elections in Kano and Sokoto states.


“The grouse of the leaders of the ruling party is that the respected traditional rulers refused to intervene and interfere to galvanise support for the sinking APC in Sokoto and Kano states. Leaders of the APC are accusing the monarchs of allegedly taking sides with the PDP and hence they have hatched a plot that if the traditional rulers do not help them to win the people’s support and they succeed to manipulate the election, that they will dethrone the respected traditional rulers from the thrones of their forefathers."


According to Mr Ugochinyere, leaders of the ruling party are boasting and threatening that if they win, they will force the two monarchs out by setting up state houses of assembly panels to indict them for corruption, using presidential support. He added that they are also considering the use of the chief justice of Nigeria option against the two respected monarchs.