The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused opposition parties of trying to use the court to stop the ongoing electoral process, warning against a repeat of the June 12, 1993 crisis.
This as the group backed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the conduct of the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress was declared winner of the election on Wednesday, with opposition parties rejecting the result.
But the Executive Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said any attempt at imposing another June 12 would not be accepted.
Akintotal issued this warning while addressing a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
MURIC said the allegation by the opposition parties that the election was rigged was illogical when many incumbent governors lost out in their bids to go to the Senate.
He said, “This is another June 12 loading. Like Arthur Nzeribe headed for the courts in 1993 to stop the announcement of results of the June 12 election, the agent of the main opposition and his cohorts who stormed out of the collation centre is allegedly looking for a court injunction to stop proceedings at the collation centre.
“This was exactly how the June 12, 1993 election was annulled by the military. Anybody who supports this move is dragging Nigeria back to the Stone Age. We say no to another June 12.
Akintola also denounced what he called the “unsolicited and jaundiced intervention” of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who called for the cessation of the collation of results.
“Obasanjo’s call is sacriledgious. It is a rape of democracy. It is an attempted coup.
Obasanjo’s sanctimonious façade comes crumbling down against the background of his role in the enthronement of Musa Yaradua as president. The latter himself admitted that he was rigged into office,” he said.
MURIC urged INEC to ignore the cries of the opposition and go ahead with the process even as it condemned the decision of the opposition agents to storm out of the INEC situation room.
“INEC should not listen to these agents diabolic. The electoral body should not stop the collation of results, rather the exercise should continue until all the results are announced and certificates of return given to the winners,” Akintola added.
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