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INEC20One fact of life is: unless we treat others like humans too we shall all likewise perish. Much of this is lost on those who run the affairs of nations from the undergrounds, especially the western world, which still treat Africa like farmlands of sorts. In this context, Nigeria is still British old colony with a welling of its ‘legit’ economic, social and political interests, which such country believes it has the right to protect and advance.

And this often requires colluding with locals to force regime change where such interests appear threatened. This is one certain way of putting in perspective the positions of some subversive actors who are colluding with their business and political partners in Nigeria to fund and develop the All Progressives Congress (APC) into a franchise and platform to wrest power from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by fair or foul means.

Those who are disappointed by President Barack Obama when he blocked Nigeria from buying arms here and there to fight the Boko Haram insurgency can clearly see there is more than meets the eye. To be fair to them, Obama and David Cameron may not be directly involved in plotting a regime change in Nigeria that will bypass the masses and democratic processes and even the Nigeria’s armed forces, which they perceive as pro-Jonathan. But Obama particularly cannot claim he does not know that his own presidential campaign handler David Axelrod has been in Nigeria for about a year now, cleaning up the APC’s presidential candidate and developing and deploying propaganda packages for the APC to win the 2015 Presidential Poll at all costs. To give him some credit, Axelrod has done a great job of making Buhari into a hot cake and the PDP and President Jonathan can now ignore to their own peril like they did in the last 3 Presidential Elections.

Like when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, claimed that the freedom for all declaration by the Unite Nations at the end of the Second World War, did not extend to Blacks, America and Britain did not see anything wrong in as many 23 million Nigerians being disenfranchised if the February Poll was held as both countries insisted. This figure is more than the populations of over 4 African and European countries combined. But made 23 million Nigerians irrelevant was that fact that they are blacks anyway.

The double standards of the US are further seen in their curious vacillation in dealing a decisive blow on Boko Haram. When itled some international teams on intelligence gathering on the insurgency into Nigeria, the US refused to share the information collected with Nigerian security. Now, President Idris Derby of Sudan has directly accused the US and Israel of forming and fueling of Boko Haram and ISIS. This is plausible because it is about two years since the US branded the Boko Haram sect an international Terrorist Organization. Yet that country does not favour military onslaught against the sect, a position consistent with that of General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC’s Presidential candidate, who was incidentally nominated by the sect as its negotiator-in-chief. The US Government has instead repeatedly called for dialogue with the sect, though their own policy does not permit negotiating with terrorists. The Nigerian Government heartily welcomed negotiation but received no help on how to make a head way in that direction. In the face of this, can anyone sincerely say that the US is committed to ending the insurgency in Nigeria?

Then again, what made forensic probing to reveal the concentric circles of conspiracies against Jonathan are specific desperations on the part of the visible hands pushing for regime change in Nigeria. The growing confidence of the APC was quite welcome. It was thought to be symptomatic of the anticipated vibrant opposition in Nigeria’s politics, which was really long overdue. But when it turned to bragging and utter contempt for the sitting President, culminating in the level of propaganda unknown in Nigeria’s political history, many were bound to ask: what’s happening?

One could easily see that the main tool employed by the APC was disinformation. It sees propaganda as necessary to push into the public perception that it is popular and that President Jonathan did not thing at all in 5 years and has neither the capacity nor the will to fight corruption and insurgency. Yet, President Jonathan has fought the twin evil more than most administrations before him. He has equipped the armed forces more than all administrations since the Shehu Shagari time. And systematically and silently fought corruption.

In his unique way of fighting corruption particularly, Jonathan has targeted the sources the mean cabals manipulate in the system to steal Government funds in large lumps and plugged them off. One huge outlet of massive corruption, which Jonathan plugged, is ending fuel subsidy scam. The same applies to fertilizer distribution bootlegging and scams by removing the rogue middlemen and introducing electronic wallets for all the over 10 million farmers nationwide, each of who was given a mobile phone free.

The next is the unbundling and selling off of NEPA, which has ended another source of massive looting of the economy and fleecing of the masses for some cabals. Then his removal of over 63 thousand ghost workers from federal civil service and handing over the file to the Independent Corrupt Practices commission (ICPC) was a move that saved over 208 billion naira annually. Jonathan also handed over the Nigerian Ports Authority verification to a third party and eliminated port frauds. This also put some cabals out of business.

In all this, one can easily also see the rather less dramatic but more effective way and manner President Jonathan has fought and reduced corruption in Nigeria. No wonder Transparency International rates both Buhari and Obasanjo's regimes as more corrupt than that of Jonathan, the country moving from 2nd most corrupt country in the world in 2004 to over 30 places in 2014. These are hard facts being whittled down or denied by propagandists.

Perhaps the most potent reason the cabals are gathering against President Jonathan and reaching out to the international community for support, leveraging the international contacts some of them who have been in Government before, is the oil blocks licenses due for renewal in a year or two. The cabals controlling the oil blocks would not want President Jonathan to be the one in power when this critical decision will be taken, lest he alters the equation, using his position.

Jonathan opened the democratic space and dared to make elections free and fair so that every Nigerian can aspire to any office in the land – a deft demonstration that indeed Nigeria belongs to us all. He has actually outperformed most Governments before him even on Project delivery and even this may be part of his sins. Apart from restoring the rail system that went moribund since the seventies, despite gulping billions of naira yearly since then, he tried to liberate the northern masses by building 9 universities and more importantly, building almajiri schools to give the abandoned Muslim masses wholesome education. This is yet another sin as some cabal saw it as an affront that a non-Muslim would be modifying Islamic practice in parts of Nigeria.

Jonathan made history is several other sectors, even in automobile by instigating the first made-in-Nigeria cars with over 70% local content. But perhaps the last straw was convoking the National Conference where the ethnic nationalities took far-reaching decisions to move Nigeria towards true federalism. The cabals have had enough. They had to do something before the new kid in block does an irreversible damage to their stranglehold on the nation.

To force regime change the cabals have obviously procured the services of top key officials in the Independent National Electoral Commission and that was why the Commission insisted on holding the February 14 Presidential Poll when it had not reached 50% preparations and when it had perfected and steeped the odds against President Jonathan to ensure the APC's victory. Contrary to the claim of Jega, as at February 5 that commission was ready for the February Polls, PVC distribution stood:

• Registered. Voters – 68.8m
• Printed and Delivered – 66.3m
• Yet to be Delivered - 1.3m
• Stolen to be Replaced/reprinted – 1.1m
• Collected – 45.09m (65.8% of registered voters)
• Not Yet Collected – 23.71 (34.2 of registered
• Voters)
• The Commission did not send single PVC to 3 Local Governments in Cross River State, a strong hold of the President.
• Discerning minds could also see the gerrymandering in the PVC distribution; where cards meant for some States in the South East and South South, the primary bases of the President, were deliberately sent to northern States and those meant for the southern States muddled together so that only very few would be able to sort and collect their PVCs before the expirations to dates variously set aside.
There was also evidence that in certain APC States there were bulk distribution and bulk collection, another violation of the extant electoral act. Is it not more indefensible that nearly 70% of PVC collection was recorded by the INEC in Borno State where 14 Local Governments were said to be under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents while most Southern States enjoying relative peace were yet to record 50% PVC collection when Jega would have conducted the Polls?

It is becoming clear why they want Jonathan out at all costs; it is certainly not for want of performance. It is said that politics is concentric circles of conspiracies and those who conspire last carry the day. The INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega admitted before the Senate nearly two weeks after the postponement of the February Polls that the Commission was still printing PVCs in China and over 16 million of the Cards distributed to States were yet to be collected. Yet, the International Community was made to believe that the election could have held 2 weeks before, which is blatant lie.

It is beyond any doubt that INEC was not ready to conduct the February Polls and still not ready even today. The card readers are massively failing across the country as INEC carries out a belated test-runs and trainings are yet to be conducted on their use apart from the needed replacements. The conspirators, both within and outside Nigeria, should please allow Nigerians to either retain Jonathan or remove him through their votes. We too are human and entitled to democracy; Nigerian masses are not mere statistics or an irrelevant majority.

• Law Mefor, Forensic Psychologist and Journalist


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