Exclusive: How Nigeria's 'smooth' election nearly went wrong




 
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April 16th, 2015  
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Topic: Exclusive: How Nigeria's 'smooth' election nearly went wrong


By Ed Cropley and Tim Cocks ABUJA (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. The commission, called INEC, also declined to comment and turned down requests for an interview with Jega, whom Reuters was unable to reach independently.




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