Expect Large Scale Violence In 2015 Polls, Former US Ambassador Campbell Warns

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A former United States’ ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has warned of likely large scale violence in the March 28 and April 11 elections.

This view, contained in a new report published and released by the US’ Council on Foreign Relations and authored by Campbell, warned that the 2015 elections may “precipitate violence that could destabilise Nigeria”.
The report noted that the US government was at a cross roads as its influence on the Nigerian government has waned over the years.
“The upcoming elections are a rematch of the 2011 elections between the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan (a southern Christian) and Muhammadu Buhari (a northern Muslim and a former military chief). Tension between Washington and Abuja is higher than in 2011, largely over how to respond to the radical Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram, which is steadily gaining strength in northeast Nigeria”, it said.

The report titled, ‘Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Election: Contingency Planning Memorandum Update’, pointed out that Jonathan will face a stiff competition from Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in the March 28 presidential election.

“The APC is stronger than its predecessors (Action Congress of Nigeria and Congress for Progressives Change) and reflects a splintering of the political classes. The government’s inability to defeat Boko Haram, the economic hardships brought on by falling oil prices, and a growing public perception that the Jonathan administration is weak have fueled support for the All Progressives Congress. Though the APC’s voter base is in the North, it enjoys support all over the country, unlike the opposition in 2011”, Campbell stated.

The former ambassador, however, noted that Jonathan had significant advantages over Buhari. According to him, the president is “is at the centre of extensive patronage networks; he has access to the government’s oil revenue; and he and his party largely control the election machinery and ballot-counting infrastructure”.

Though Campbell admitted that would-be voters in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – states worse hit by insurgency – were likely to cast their votes for Buhari and the APC, Jonathan was more likely to emerge winner of the election.

“It is uncertain whether any provisions will be made for voters in the three northern states placed under a state of emergency because of Boko Haram, as well as the estimated one million people displaced by the insurgency. These displaced voters would likely support Buhari and the APC; their exclusion would benefit Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Thus despite the strength of the opposition, Jonathan remains the likely – but not certain – winner”.























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paulsmit at 09:58 AM, 16/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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The Nigerian citizen do not want Jonathan any more, but he refused to leave and then planning to rig the election by postponing first so he crooks the strategies.
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Quote from: Paul Smit on 09:58 AM, 16/02/2015
The Nigerian citizen do not want Jonathan any more, but he refused to leave and then planning to rig the election by postponing first so he crooks the strategies.
u be idiot..is buhari better than jonathan...u lost your mind.
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yuwana at 04:11 PM, 16/02/2015 (4 years ago)
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I like Jonathan. The only problem we have with Jonathan was that he is weak and the opposition took advantage of that to attack him from all angle. Jonathan was able to handle ghost workers perfectly in Nigeria; which I think is a mile stone because Nigerian civil servants are the ones milking the country dry. Again he successful handled fertilizer fraud in the north. Ibadan -Lagos express way where OBJ gave out to a lawyer that could not know the difference between feet and meters is now being handled by professionals-Julius berger. NEPA that OBJ sunk 16billion dollars without any result was unbundled by GEJ and all NEPA staff were settled successfully without strike, the first of its kind in Nigeria. If Nigerians are not careful, we will have king saul in Nigeria for the second time.
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elchymo at 01:42 AM, 22/08/2015 (3 years ago)
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