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Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by shift15(m): 3:30pm On Apr 16, 2015
(Reuters) - As Muhammadu Buhari closed in on Nigeria's presidency, an aide to election commission chairman Attahiru Jega sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, warning of an imminent threat to the electoral process.

The aide had unearthed a plot by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt the public announcement of the national election results and kidnap Jega in a bid to wreck the count, according to pro-democracy advocates and a Nigeria-based diplomat.

Central to the plan, they said, were Jega's security detail and Godsday Orubebe, a former cabinet minister from Jonathan's Niger Delta, an area whose leaders feared a change of power would mean an end to the perks it enjoyed under Jonathan's presidency.

Orubebe's role was to cause a disturbance at the headquarters of the commission as cover for the abduction of Jega. Orubebe did not respond to requests for comment on the details of the plot.

The commission, called INEC, also declined to comment and turned down requests for an interview with Jega, whom Reuters was unable to reach independently. Reuters found no evidence to suggest that Jonathan, who conceded defeat in the election, was involved. His spokesman and his party, the PDP, did not respond to requests for comment.

While the plot would likely not have changed the result, it could have unleashed fury among Buhari supporters in the north, where 800 people were killed in rioting after his last election defeat in 2011.

But the plot's failure enabled Africa's most populous country to complete its first credible vote since independence in 1960.

[img]http://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20150416&t=2&i=1040917591&w=644&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=LYNXMPEB3F0OT[/img]
Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress (APC) party celebrate in Kano March 31, 2015.

"NIGERIA ON TRIAL"

The plot to derail the election in its closing moments was pieced together by Reuters from the text message, events on the ground and interviews with democracy advocates and diplomats in the capital, Abuja.

When he sent the SMS, the election official, whom the sources declined to name for his own protection, hoped the outside world would hear of the plot, the text of the message made clear.

"Fellow countrymen, Nigeria on Trial," read the SMS sent on the morning of March 31 to Clement Nwankwo, head of the Situation Room, an Abuja-based coalition of human rights groups and democracy advocates monitoring the polls. Reuters later saw the SMS.

"Plans are on storm [sic] the podium at the ICC Collation Centre and disrupt the process," it continued, the official dropping words and letters in his haste.

"Nobody is sue [sic] what will happen. Please share this as widely as possible."

At that moment, INEC chairman Jega was about to preside over the announcement of results.

TALLY COUNT

Since the end of army rule in 1999, all four previous votes had been marred by violence and ballot-rigging.

The 2015 poll was different in two crucial aspects.

It was a genuine race, pitting Jonathan, saddled with an ailing economy and an Islamist insurgency, against a former general promising to get tough on corruption and the Boko Haram insurgents.

Voters had also been given biometric ID cards linked to their photographs and fingerprints, making it hard to inflate voter numbers significantly.

As tallies from around the country showed Buhari on course for a win, unidentified PDP hard-liners started to panic, seeking ways of manipulating the count, Nwankwo and the diplomat said, citing political contacts in the Delta and Abuja.

Realising they could not engineer an outright win, PDP agents set about doctoring the tally at collation centres in pro-Jonathan areas to ensure Buhari failed to meet a requirement for 25 percent support in two thirds of states, Nwankwo said, citing reports from election monitors on the ground.

A Reuters reporter witnessed and photographed one tally list in Port Harcourt with suspiciously similar totals for registered voters at polling stations: 500, 500, 500, 500, 500, 500, 500, 500, 450. In another tally centre in the city, 17,594 valid votes were recorded out of a registered voter population of 11,757, the Reuters reporter said.


Foreign election observers also noted the peculiarities - and contacted diplomats in Abuja who called in international intervention.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Philip Hammond - in Switzerland for talks on Iran - issued a tough statement saying vote counting "may be subject to deliberate political interference".

"CREATE A FRACAS"

But as Buhari's lead grew, some PDP supporters from the Delta, including Orubebe, decided on a final gamble: to create a disturbance in the main INEC hall and have thugs snatch Jega from the stage, according to Nwankwo and the Abuja-based diplomat.

What the group planned to do after the abduction is unclear, the diplomat and Nwankwo said, but the confusion could have triggered nationwide violence.

"It was a desperate thing, mostly by a group of people from the Niger Delta who were in the room," Nwankwo said, describing events that unfolded publicly in the minutes after he received the SMS.

When Jega opened proceedings on the morning of March 31, Orubebe, the former Niger Delta minister, grabbed a microphone and launched into an 11-minute tirade accusing Jega of bias.

"Mr. Chairman, we have lost confidence in you," he shouted, pushing away officials trying to make him surrender the microphone. "You are being very, very selective. You are partial," he continued, surrounded by three or four supporters. "You are tribalistic. We cannot take it."

Nigerians watched, aghast, on live television.

Meanwhile, Jega's security detail was approached by unidentified individuals telling them to stand down, according to Nwankwo and the diplomat.

But the bodyguards refused.

"Some of the guards who had been guarding Jega for years demanded a written order," Nwankwo said. "But it didn't exist."

Jega then rebuked Orubebe: "Let us not disrupt a process that has ended peacefully," he said as Orubebe slumped in his chair.

"Mr. Orubebe, you are a former minister of the Federal Republic. You are a statesman in your own right. You should be careful about what you say or about what allegations you make," he said.

Later, Orubebe congratulated Buhari on Twitter, expressing his "apologies to fellow Nigerians".
— Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/04/16/uk-nigeria-election-exclusive-idUKKBN0N71KO20150416

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by tobtap: 3:38pm On Apr 16, 2015
cheesy grin grin grin ....they must be JEGAD

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by ozoigbondu: 4:00pm On Apr 16, 2015

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by theV0ice: 4:00pm On Apr 16, 2015
Hmmmm......

This looks and sounds rather far fetched but Orubebe's actions that day were scary and it was very obvious it was part of a carefully written and planned script. Then the joint statement from US & UK was a confirmation that something was really amiss. The fact that they had to interrupt their nuclear negotiations to release that terse statement is a further confirmation.

The remaining days before May 29th are indeed pregnant.

In any case, thank God for his mercies

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by doctokwus: 4:44pm On Apr 16, 2015
theV0ice:
Hmmmm......

This looks and sounds rather far fetched but Orubebe's actions that day were scary and it was very obvious it was part of a carefully written and planned script. Then the joint statement from US & UK was a confirmation that something was really amiss. The fact that they had to interrupt their nuclear negotiations to release that terse statement is a further confirmation.

The remaining days before May 29th are indeed pregnant.

In any case, thank God for his mercies
On d other hand,this information sounds very credible.Coming from one of d most credible news agencies in d world,Reuters, makes it doubly so,coupled with d happenings that day.
The point which d group wanted to exploit is this:jega was d only person allowed by law to call d results, stop him from pronouncing a winner,no matter how many state returning officers have announced their results, then a crisis erupts, d nation goes up in flames and GEJ still being d CinC can call a nationwide state of emergency and later an interim govt.
They were not too determined to keep GEJ as president for long,but utterly resolute that Buhari should not be announced as one,no matter d cost to lives,property and corporate existence of d nation.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by VintageCocktail(m): 4:56pm On Apr 16, 2015
Is this happening now or before Buhari has been declared winner of the presidential election. Please somebody should summarize, i can't comprehend.... high on molotov cocktail.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by theV0ice: 5:01pm On Apr 16, 2015
doctokwus:

On d other hand,this information sounds very credible.Coming from one of d most credible news agencies in d world,Reuters, makes it doubly so,coupled with d happenings that day.
The point which d group wanted to exploit is this:jega was d only person allowed by law to call d results, stop him from pronouncing a winner,no matter how many state returning officers have announced their results, then a crisis erupts, d nation goes up in flames and GEJ still being d CinC can call a nationwide state of emergency and later an interim govt.
They were not too determined to keep GEJ as president for long,but utterly resolute that Buhari should not be announced as one,no matter d cost to lives,property and corporate existence of d nation.

hmmmm.....i'll have to agree with you eventually

i think the most important thing to them was keeping GMB away from govt.....they didn't mind if GEJ doesn't continue. even GEJ himself knew the game was up. His strategists had already told him he stood no chance but GMB mustn't get there.

let's watch and see how the remaining days will pan out but i'm sure these guys have not given up

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by caselessogbuagu: 5:24pm On Apr 16, 2015
They are free to do that right now; Nigeria won't boil again cos we have our choice declared as winner already.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by profola2be(m): 5:33pm On Apr 16, 2015
kidnap Jega and see war.
yeye set of human beings.
no be the same Jega organise the election wey Jonathan take win in 2011?
must you win all the time?

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by Texcoco(m): 5:39pm On Apr 16, 2015
Believe this outlandish APC propaganda at your own risks.... C'est aujourdui je vais ala mosqé on y va 'One Chance'

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by sammyj: 5:50pm On Apr 16, 2015
All weapon fashioned against Jega shall not prosper. cheesy cool

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by adorablepepple(f): 6:14pm On Apr 16, 2015
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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by AJOT99(m): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by Rahmatuparker: 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
Maka y?
Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by kennydee05(m): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
Please remind them that the President-Elect is a General
GODWIN

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by adorablepepple(f): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
If they try it they will be Orubebed

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by Ejovwoke(m): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
Buhari accomplice.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by hazyfm: 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
[size=28pt]I HAVE JUST BEEN JEGADIZED[/size]
grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by luvinhubby(m): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
The aftermath of this election clearly shows this piece of news article impossible to believe.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by folabayo1(f): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
Am not surprised undecided
Typical of the PDP

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by pontirock(m): 6:15pm On Apr 16, 2015
Waiting for tanoids to come and call Reuters APC newspaper.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by nonxo007(m): 6:16pm On Apr 16, 2015
Ok
Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by adorablepepple(f): 6:16pm On Apr 16, 2015
If they try it they will be Orubebed Awon Ode oshi

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by manny4life(m): 6:16pm On Apr 16, 2015
Every lie against Jonathan and from the pit of hell will not stand. You people should leave uncle Jona alone na... Haba angry

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by publicenemy(m): 6:17pm On Apr 16, 2015
The election has ended peacefully. Let's move on.

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by popweezy(m): 6:17pm On Apr 16, 2015
na u sabi ooo naa soo naija prpblems you guys dy cheesy grin angry grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin
Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by Blurry: 6:17pm On Apr 16, 2015
What exactly is the purpose of this article at this time?

Reuters, bloomberg and all western media should leave Nigeria alone.

We are tired of this division and propaganda against a government just because you do not like it.

You had predicted that the country will go under, but for God's mercies...it didnt.

Let us be....we are tired of fighting each other.

We need healing in our land...

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Re: Jonathan Supporters Planned To Kidnap Jega - Reuters by yang(m): 6:17pm On Apr 16, 2015
undecided undecided all these foreign news don learn propaganda. .. Hehehe lies sell more than fact these days

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