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|Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by paparazzi1987(m): 3:20pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Canadian data analytics expert Christopher Wylie appears before the digital, culture, media and sport committee of the British parliament on March 27, 2018. Mr. Wylie released documents to the committee that suggest SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, manipulated the 2007 Nigerian election.
The parent company of Cambridge Analytica boasted of its success in manipulating a Nigerian election by using religious leaders to suppress the vote, according to documents released on Thursday.
The documents were released by Canadian whistle-blower Christopher Wylie to a committee of the British House of Commons. They include a promotional brochure by SCL Group, the British affiliate of Cambridge Analytica, which later worked with Canadian firm AggregateIQ in elections worldwide.
The brochure suggests that SCL considered the option of bribing Nigerian voters to vote for the government, but decided that such “financial incentives” would be ineffective because the voters had so much contempt for politicians that they would simply take the money and mark their ballot for someone else.
An excerpt from the SCL brochure outlines how they planned to suppress opposition votes in the 2007 Nigerian election.
U.K. PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT
SCL, which was working for the Nigerian government in the 2007 election, said it advised its clients that “a more effective strategy might be to persuade opposition voters not to vote at all.”
The company said it helped achieve this result “by organizing anti-election rallies on the day of polling in opposition strongholds.”
These anti-election rallies were “conducted by local religious figures to maximize their appeal especially among the spiritual, rural communities,” it said.
Election observers said the 2007 election in Nigeria was one of the worst they had ever seen. They reported incidents of ballot stuffing, theft of election materials, vote buying, underage voting, altering of official results forms and widespread violence. The European Union, which had 150 observers monitoring the election, said the election could not be considered credible and fell “far short” of basic standards.
The latest revelations about SCL’s activities in Nigeria will add fuel to the growing controversy about the role of SCL and its partners in influencing elections through a variety of tactics, including the misuse of internet browsing data and personal information harvested from Facebook.
Mr. Wylie, who became a research director at SCL in 2014, has testified that SCL and its partners behaved like a “colonial master” as they interfered in elections in Africa and the Caribbean. The companies were heavily involved in Nigerian and Kenyan elections in particular, including most recently the 2015 election in Nigeria and the 2017 elections in Kenya.
In his testimony to a House of Commons committee this week, Mr. Wylie said the B.C.-based consulting firm AggregateIQ – which he helped launch – had worked with Cambridge Analytica in a disinformation campaign during the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria.
He said AIQ distributed “incredibly anti-Islamic and threatening” videos on social media in an attempt to discredit the main opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. The videos portrayed Muslims as violent and included “content where people were being dismembered, where people were having their throats cut and bled to death in a ditch,” Mr. Wylie testified.
The Globe and Mail has viewed the anti-Buhari videos, which tried to frighten Nigerian voters by claiming that he would impose sharia law on the entire country, force women to wear veils and support the violent tactics of the Boko Haram radical terrorist group.
Despite the dirty-tricks campaign, Mr. Buhari won the election.
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by GavelSlam: 3:24pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Maurice Iwu, Obasanjo and PDP, a devilish cocktail.
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|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by usba: 3:29pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Maurice by far the worse inec chairman in electoral history. OBJ has always been a self serving criminal.
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|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by GavelSlam: 3:30pm On Mar 31, 2018|
What's sad about all this is that those old men who engaged in such activity would rather die than confess or apologise.
Equally poignant, is how the youth of Nigeria, despite these revelations from the foreign media would insist on having those same socio-economic saboteurs gain elective seats.
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by SarkinYarki: 3:38pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Nonsense there was no way the Dullard stood any chance in the 2007 elections where Nigerian clearly knew what they were doing and besides useless Buhari was the only presidential candidate then that played the religious card to get votes..Buharinhas always been the problem and God almighty has finally exposed him
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by SarkinYarki: 3:40pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Maurice Iwu couldn't have been worse than Jega who was clearly as campaign coordinator and strategist for the Buhari side during the election so much that he would overlook mass Fraud perpetrated in the northern states used to generate 3 million fake voted which Buhari ended up winning with .
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by anibirelawal(m): 3:42pm On Mar 31, 2018|
They should Not Forget to Confess that they are the Founders & Originator of BOKO HARAM TERROR GROUP !
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by usba: 5:05pm On Mar 31, 2018|
It takes a nervous fool to ignore the simple fact that Jonathan his first Electoral victory was under Jega. It takes an even bigger compound fool to pretend that the election that brought Jonathan was deliberately made to give him 25% in states he had lower electoral acceptance. Jega only crime is that he introduced to bring card reader that made such foolishness difficult. Off course despite the murders and outright rigging in portharcourt your problem lies only in the north.
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|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by SarkinYarki: 5:07pm On Mar 31, 2018|
It was all part of the plot
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by usba: 5:10pm On Mar 31, 2018|
Save your tale for the pub or ogogoro table.
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|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by TonyeBarcanista(m): 6:20pm On Mar 31, 2018|
2007 election was the most shambolic ever.
It was an election where Maurice Iwu was in Abuja announcing results from Edo state while voting was ongoing.
It was an election where aspirants will win by landslide at polling boots but another result announced at INEC HQ.
Yaradua was forced to admit the flaws of the election.
May Nigeria never experience such ever again
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|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by TheAngry1: 1:46pm On May 06, 2018|
Awe, edakun, don't use my monikker for scam biko. Shuoooo!
|Re: Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Manipulated Nigeria 2007 Election by uba1991: 2:48pm On May 06, 2018|
SarkinYarki:Even the blinds know that jega is better than ur ten generation in terms of integrity.
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