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Protest group labels Atiku’s election as ‘worrisome’

The head of the Anti-Babangida coalition has sent out a warning to Nigeria against presidential candidate Alahji Atiku Abubakar.

Since being elected as the northern candidate in November by the Northern Political Leader Forum (NPLF), Atiku has received harsh criticism over allegations of illegal activity. Biodun Sowunmi, leader of the Anti-Babangida group said:

“the choice of Atiku is worrisome. Our coalition warns Nigerians and all political parties to be wary of presenting Atiku as a candidate in the next elections.”

Atiku allegedly stole 6 billion naira (source)

Sowunmi’s warning comes with evidence of Atiku’s dodgy dealings.  A 330-page report of the U.S. Senate’s investigation sub-committee, exposed the former vice president and his 4th wife, Jennifer Douglas, as being corrupt with details of them laundering more than 6 billion naira through American banks.

The illegal activity took place between 2000-08 – around the same time that Atiku was vice-president. The report also states how Mrs Abubakar, known by several aliases including Jamila Abubakar, spent the money

“paying credit card bills and household expenses in the range of $10,000 to $90,000 per month, including substantial legal and accounting bills”.

In addition to the illegal money, Atiku also acquired assets such as a $1,750,000 mansion,  under Douglas’ name, in Maryland,  America, just a few months after becoming Vice President.

Sowunmi also said:

“After the embarrassment inflicted on Nigeria by the former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori, who lied to Nigerians…we wish to caution against the nomination of a presidential aspirant who may have to face charges in the USA over the Siemens bribery and corruption scandal.”

Atiku has also been hit with allegations of plagiarism, with two members of the governing party, the PDP, accusing Atiku of copying his manifesto from a former contender for president, David Dafinone. However, Atiku’s presidential campaign organisation has refuted these claims, saying that “they could not even present the so-called Dafonine document.”

The money laundering claims are yet to be denied.


Fury over appointment of ‘corrupt’ electoral commissioner

An uproar has broken out over the re-assignment of  the former Electoral Commissioner (ELC) of Ekiti state, Ayoka Adebayo, and demands for her resignation have promptly followed.

Leading the protest for Adebayo’s removal is the state chairman of NLC, Momodu Braimoh. In the letter forwarded to the presidency by Brainoh and his secretary it reads:

“We received the unexpected information concerning Ayoka Adebayo, former Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, recently posted to Ondo State. Ondo and Ekiti are sister states, and we know much about the electoral fraud perpetrated in Ekiti State, though denied, especially during the re-run gubernatorial and senatorial elections presided over by Mrs. Adebayo.”

Adebayo proves that a dodgy past is no barrier in Nigerian politics

The letter refers to the electoral controversy in 2009, when she falsely elected Mr Segun Oni as the winner of Ekiti state’s re-run election. Adebayo has now been appointed as the ELC of neighbouring Ondo state despite accusations of fraud during her former post, which resulted in the widower going into hiding and being declared as ‘wanted’ by then Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro.

The trouble began when Adebayo refused to declare the winner of the 2009 election, later claiming that she did not want to announce a false winner which would have been against her Christian morals. The ruling party of the last 11 years, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was said to have mounted pressure on the commissioner to announce a false result. The party also bizarrely rejected a request for her own resignation with the  Minister of Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili, claiming that the letter was ‘suspect’ – whatever that means.

So do we vilify Adebayo, who has taken up the role of ELC in a state neighbouring the one she failed so miserably with the last time round? Or do we place the blame on the ruling party, the PDP, that some suspect coerced and threatened Adebayo?

Thoughts are welcomed in the comment box