Federal government has commenced an investigation into allegations that Cambridge Analytica hacked into the medical records of candidate Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2015 elections. A Nigerian billionaire and supporter of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was alleged to have paid £2m to the UK-based company to get information about Buhari, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The government of Nigeria is scrutinising the reports of the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many countries including Nigeria, where it waged a campaign to perpetuate discord and hack into personal records of the then leading opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari,” a presidential source told newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.
It was learnt that the Buhari administration has set up an in-house panel to probe if the company’s work for the then government controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party violated the laws of Nigeria. The Presidency source further reveal that; the government had set up what he called an in house committee to investigate whether the firm’s work for the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, in the 2007 and 2015 electioneering broke the laws of the country or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates.
“Depending on the outcome, it can lead to the appointment of a special investigator and possibly, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN)” the Presidency official added. When contacted on the matter, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he had not been briefed on the issue. Shehu, however, said it was the rights of Nigerians for the PDP, Facebook and Cambridge Analytical to explain their roles in the matter.
APC Thugs Desecrated Our Palace Grounds, It Was A Political Mutiny — Edo PDP Alleges
The National Vice Chairman, South-south of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman, Edo State PDP Campaign Council for the 2020 gubernatorial election, Chief Dan Orbih, has described the attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki and leaders of the PDP in front of the palace of the revered Oba of Benin, on Saturday as a desecration of the palace grounds.
Chief Orbih, who addressed journalists in Benin City on Sunday, also said that, “The attack was a political mutiny, as All Progressives Congress (APC)’s sponsors attempted to eliminate the entire leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected governors of PDP that were expected to be with the governor.”
He explained: “The visit was officially communicated to the Palace and the various security agencies as PDP leaders’ visit that included the party’s National Chairman, members of the National Working Committee (NWC), Governors of Rivers, Sokoto and Delta States, and of course the host, Governor Godwin Obaseki.”
Read his official statement below:
The unfortunate incident that took place yesterday in the course of the official visit of the Governor and members of the PDP National campaign Council to the Palace of our Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II Ogidigan.
I want to place it on record that the visit was officially communicated to the Palace and the various security agencies as PDP leaders visit that included the party’s National Chairman, members of the National working committee, Governors of Rivers, Sokoto, Delta, and of course the host Governor Godwin Obaseki.
1. I want to place it on record that there was no official APC event in the Palace or anywhere in Benin that was so communicated in accordance with INEC guidelines.
2.There was no official communication to the security agencies and the palace that APC was also going to have event at the palace.
3. The invasion of the Palace Gate by armed APC Youths was a well co-ordinated assault by the leadership and Sponsors of Edo APC to eliminate the National leadership of the PDP and all democratically elected Governors of PDP that were expected to be with the Governor.
This action to my mind was aimed at throwing the country into crisis. The security breach must be investigated and all those connected with it must be arrested and tried in accordance with the laws.
The APC organised attack at the Palace is in our view a political mutiny, against constituted authority, capable of causing interstate conflict and war between Edo state and the affected states of the Governors that were marked down for elimination.
There have been several videos in the cyberspace where these thugs have been instructed, directed and motivated to intimidate and cause chaos and mayhem in the state.
The security agencies must swing into action to bring all those connected with the incident to book.
Choosing the Palace to unleash their evil plans is an abomination and a total disrespect to our Royal majesty and highly respected traditional institution.
We condemn the attack and wanton destruction of PDP members vehicles and property by these hooligans in broad day light in the vicinity of the Palace of our revered Oba.
I commend the leaders and members of EDO State PDP and supporters for their maturity yesterday. Who restrained themselves from retaliation in the face of unwarranted attacks and hostilities.
I want to assure them that the party will not fold its hands and watch members attacked and killed because of their support for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Chief Dan Osi Orbih
National Vice chairman
Chairman Edo 2020
PDP Will Defeat Akeredolu In Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede Boasts
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ondo State Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) on Thursday promised to lead the party to victory in the October 10 poll.
He told reporters in Akure, the state capital, shortly after picking the ticket, that the days of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in the Alagbaka Government House were numbered.
Jegede said: “With this outcome, we have served notice on the APC. Their end has come. We will take over the government of Ondo State come October 10, 2020”.
But, Akeredolu, who defeated the PDP standard-bearer in the 2016 election, said there is no vacancy in the State House, adding that Jegede was under an illusion.
Akeredolu, who spoke through his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, maintained that Jegede’s wishful thoughts were illusory permissible in politics.
He added: “This is more so that the euphoria of his victory over certain entrenched principalities was capable of igniting an outburst. But our message to Jegede is that he should beware of the ides of figure 888. It’s symbolic and too dangerous to ignore.”
The ruling and opposition parties confirmed fence-mending within their chapters yesterday as part of preparations for the election.
Akeredolu and Jegede have also commenced consultations on the choice of running mates. Both of them, according to sources may pick their running mates from the South Senatorial District.
According to a source, Jegede is under pressure to pick Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi as his running mate.
Ajayi who dumped APC for the PDP last month came second in the PDP primary. He polled 657 votes, trailing Jegede who polled 888 votes.
Sources said Jegede is yet to open talks with Ajayi, although some PDP chieftains have been mounting pressure on him to pick Ajayi due to his ability to gather such votes within one month of joining the party.
The source said Jegede is putting off the pressure on grounds that he needed a running mate he could trust.
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According to the source, “some PDP national leaders, including a governor from the Northwest have been talking to Jegede on the need to pick Ajayi as his running mate.
“They stressed that apart from the fact that Ajayi is a grassroots mobilizer, Jegede needs a running mate that can match whoever is picked by the APC as Akeredolu’s running mate from the southern senatorial district.
“But Jegede reportedly told them that it would be difficult for him to accept their offer because he does not want someone who would be working behind to oust him from office if he eventually becomes a governor.”
Ajayi and other aspirants have accepted the defeat and promised to work for Jegede’s victory.
Ajayi, in a statement, thanked the people for standing with the PDP ‘in the struggle to liberate the state’.
He said: “We remain undaunted and resolute about our commitment to a people-oriented government against personalized democracy. “We wish the good people of Ondo State and the winner the best as we march on. For us, life goes on.”
Also, Eddy Olafeso who got 175 votes, said he was ready to support Jegede if he (Jegede) was willing to seek his cooperation.
He said: “Our support to Jegede is not going to be blanket support. He will have to tell us what is the need for us. If our candidate is willing to seek our cooperation, then, at a very formal and informal level, we will have to talk. Most of what needed to be done rest with him.”
An APC aspirant, Dr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan has rejected the outcome of the primary that produced Akeredolu.
In his two-page petition to the APC national secretariat, Adojutelegan alleged that the primary fell short of the party’s constitution and the electoral laws.
He said: “The electoral college of delegates that voted in the governorship primary election was not democratically elected by members of the party from their various wards, contrary to the provisions of Article 20 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The electoral college of delegates that voted in the governorship primary election was selected during the 2018 Congresses and not democratically elected by members of the party from their various wards, contrary to the provisions of Article 20 of the.”
The petitioner also referred the appeal committee to a pending suit against the selection of the members of the executive committees at the ward, local government, and state levels.
Adojutelegan also complained that “the mode of the primary was disclosed on Friday, 17 July, few days to the date of the primary, contrary to the guidelines.
“The delegates list was disclosed to the aspirants on 19 July 2020, few hours to the commencement of the governorship primary election contrary to the Guidelines, Rules, and Regulations of the APC.”
He alleged that “there were no polling booths. Tables were placed together, and voters were directed to vote at the same time on the same table. Thereby making them vote under duress and enabling them to confirm and verify how they voted in the election.
“The voters were permitted to use their mobile phones to take photographs of the ballot papers enabling them to confirm and verify how they voted in the election.
“The voters openly displayed their ballot papers enabling them to confirm and verify how they voted in the election.
“The voters were assembled closely together in a single line to drop their ballot papers in the ballot boxes enabling them to confirm and verify how they voted in the election.
He also alleged that Akeredolu and his agents propagated and spread false information about him on Twitter, Facebook, and Ondo State Radiovision Corporation that he had stepped down.
He said: “This premeditated act affected my fortunes in the election thereby causing the delegates that supported me to vote for the governor.”
The petitioner then prayed the appeal committee to declare the primary of 20 July 2020 Ondo State Governorship null and void, and cancel the result.
But, former Kebbi State Governor Muhammad Adamu Aliero called for unity, urging the Ondo State APC family to work for victory. He said it is important that APC should retain the state.
He spoke with reporters after the Ondo State APC Governorship Reconciliation Committee meeting at the party’s national secretariat on Thursday in Abuja.
The former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, who is a member of the committee, said efforts to pacify aggrieved chieftains will yield positive results.
Aliero said: “The governor has already emerged the winner, what is important is to carry everybody along to ensure victory for our party. We will do whatever that is possible to win the election in Ondo state. It is very critical to us.
“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that we win that election.
“Already, we have gone to Ondo State in our effort for reconciliation and we spent a whole day there talking to aspirants and stakeholders and members of the state assembly.
“We are going to continue with the reconciliation. On Friday (tomorrow), we are going to invite members of the National Assembly representing Ondo to discuss how they will assist to ensure that we will win the election.
BREAKING: Akeredolu Wins Ondo APC Governorship Primary
The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has emerged the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the October 10 governorship election in the state.
In the results so far, Akeredolu won in all the local government areas of the state, defeating seven other aspirants.
The chairman of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress Primary Election Committee, Governor Yahaya Bello, is about to announce the official results.
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