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2019 Elections: CUPP Calls For Mental Health Test For Buhari, Atiku, Others

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The Coalition of United Political Parties have called for the mental evaluation of the candidates vying for the seat of the presidency, include the People’s Democratic Party and All Progressive Congress’s candidates, Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the coalition, the event will be called out by an independent team of experts in mental health issues.

The coalition, made it impression known in a statement made available to news men by the spokesman of the coalition, Imo Ugochinyere.

Ugochinyere said the test was necessary in order to ascertain the state of the metal health of the presidential candidates “so that any person who does not pass the examination should not be allowed to participate in the election.”

He stated, “A country of about 200 million people cannot be living and thriving under the situation of being in doubt of the mental stability of the man who holds their mandate to lead and who is seeking an extension of that mandate.

“The international community is also expressing a similar doubt, hence their reactions to the economy and the withdrawal of their businesses from the country. At no other particular time in the history of Nigeria has the number of businesses that closed down in the almost four years of the Buhari presidency happened before in Nigeria.

“It is on these premises that we demand an independent team of experts in mental health issues to examine President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed all other presidential candidates to ascertain their mental stability before the polling day so that any person who does not pass the examination should not be allowed to participate in the election.”

He said CUPP had secured the assurances of Atiku, who is contesting the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, to subject himself to the medical test for the general interest of Nigeria.

The group also admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to speak more

Ugochinyere said the test was necessary in order to ascertain the state of the metal health of the presidential candidates “so that any person who does not pass the examination should not be allowed to participate in the election.”

He stated, “A country of about 200 million people cannot be living and thriving under the situation of being in doubt of the mental stability of the man who holds their mandate to lead and who is seeking an extension of that mandate.

“The international community is also expressing a similar doubt, hence their reactions to the economy and the withdrawal of their businesses from the country. At no other particular time in the history of Nigeria has the number of businesses that closed down in the almost four years of the Buhari presidency happened before in Nigeria.

“It is on these premises that we demand an independent team of experts in mental health issues to examine President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed all other presidential candidates to ascertain their mental stability before the polling day so that any person who does not pass the examination should not be allowed to participate in the election.”

He said CUPP had secured the assurances of Atiku, who is contesting the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, to subject himself to the medical test for the general interest of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the APC has replied the call for a mental evaluation of all candidates involved in the 2019 elections, asked CUPP to present their adopted presidential candidate, Atiku, for public mental testing first if they were desirous of any response.

This reply was presented by the spokesperson for the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo (SAN).

He said, “They should first check the mental status of their candidate (Atiku) for corruption before they could ask other presidential candidates to submit themselves for mental testing.

“They should first check his brain as to why he needed to steal so much as a public officer and what he needed all that money for. Corruption and penchant for stealing is a kind of mental disease. He should publicly subject himself to testing; then we may consider them.”

However, the PDP has described as a welcome development the call by the coalition for a mental evaluational of the candidates vying for the presidential seat.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said, “You know we have a presidential candidate that is ready to satisfy the yearnings of the majority of Nigerians.

“If submitting to mental test is what Nigerians want, Atiku Abubakar is ready and we, as a party, will back him.”

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