- The leadership of the Nigerian Army reportedly instructed four senior officers to truncate the announcement of the Borno result during the collation of results in the 2015 presidential elections
- An online newspaper reports that the four officers tactically failed to execute the strategy given to them by the army headquarters fearing possible repercussions
- But the then army chief, Kenneth Minimah, denies ever issuing any order to anyone to truncate the collation of the Borno result and trigger violence
The leadership of the Nigerian Army reportedly tried to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from being declared winner of the 2015 presidential election, according to an exclusive report from online newspaper, Premium Times.
The alleged plot was said to have failed after four senior officers charged with executing the plan reportedly failed to carry out the plot.
Premium Times states that following a two-year investigation, findings revealed that when the results of 35 states and Abuja were released by INEC on March 31, 2015, indicating that then President Goodluck Jonathan was losing the election.
The top hierarchy of the army, led by the then army chief, Kenneth Minimah, a lieutenant general, was said to have made a desperate push to halt the release of the pending Borno state result.
Part of the said plan was to trigger confusion and violence in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, to stalemate the presidential election.
The newspaper stated that four military officers - Lamidi Adeosun (major general), Hamisu Hassan (brigadier general), Danladi Hassan (colonel), and Mohammed Suleiman (colonel) - were reportedly tasked with executing the plan.
Premium Times states that the officers tactically failed to execute the strategy given to them by army headquarters fearing possible repercussions.
Some officers told Premium Times that the Jonathan presidency and some leaders of the then ruling party gave the orders to Minimah to truncate the announcement of the Borno result. The newspaper states that it was however, unable to authenticate that claim.
But a spokesperson for Jonathan said his principal gave no such instruction to the army. Similarly, when contacted over the issue, Minimah, who was the then army chief, denied ever issuing any order to Major General Adeosun to truncate the collation of the Borno result and trigger violence.
Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central at the upper legislative chamber, has predicted that the lead opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will collapse if President Muhammadu Buhari wins the February 16 presidential election.
In an interview with Premium Times, Senator Sani commented on the current political happenings as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.
Asked if Nigeria is ready for a third force, another political party different from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP, Sani said the time is ripe for the third force option.
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