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CUPP says Afe Babalola’s position lacks legal basis

CUPP says Afe Babalola’s position lacks legal basis

The national secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Chief Peter Ameh, has said Chief Babalola’s call for the suspension of polls at the end of President Buhari’s administration has no legal basis.

His words: “There is no constitutional provision for what the legal luminary suggested. The stipulated time for election has been stated clearly in our Constitution. With that, if elections and hand-over are not done at the stipulated time there will be a vacuum. It is painful he is suggesting such a thing at this moment.

“The All Progressives Congress, APC, has performed very badly. The situation of the country is in a very bad taste. Afe Babalola should allow Nigerians to go to the polls. If Nigerians decide to continue with the suffering under APC, so be it. If under a free and fair election, they choose another party, Nigerians will have another taste of governance. That is the way to go.

“Democracy all over the world takes time to develop. We can’t suspend our democratic system like a military dictatorship. Except the National Assembly makes a law towards that direction, I don’t think that is the best way to go.”

Babalola entitled to his opinion — CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said Afe Babalola has every right to express his thoughts on any issues affecting the nation.

Speaking through the special assistant to its president on media and publicity, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, CAN maintained that it is within the constitutional rights of the lawyer to bare his mind on any issue of national interest.

“He (Babalola) expressed his personal opinion on the rot in the country and he has the Constitutional right to do so,” Oladeji said.


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