How PDP Cheated Buhari, Atiku In 2007 Presidential Poll – BBC


The Peoples Democratic Party was discovered to have manipulated presidential poll in Nigeria to favour its candidate, said the British Broadcasting Corporation. It is the second time in days that alleged manipulation of Nigerian election by the PDP would be revealed.

The BBC said it found a brochure in which the SCL Elections, the company that became Cambridge Analytical, boasted about organising rallies in Nigeria to weaken support for the opposition in 2007.

The brochure reportedly outlined how SCL Elections organised "anti-election rallies" for the PDP to dissuade opposition supporters from voting in the Nigerian presidential election in 2007. The PDP presidential candidate at the time was late Umaru Ya’ardua, while the opposition had Muhammadu Buhari (the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party) , Atiku Abubakar (of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria); and Orji Uzor Kalu (of Progressive Peoples Alliance).

The SCL Elections also reportedly claimed that potential clients could contact the company through "any British High Commission or Embassy".

Moreover, Premium Times said it contacted the British High Commission in Abuja for a comment over its alleged complicity. Joe Abuku, spokesman for the commission reportedly declined comment, saying he didn’t have details.

Last week, Guardian UK reported a Nigerian oil baron hired Cambridge Analytica to hack into financial and medical records of candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 election.

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