Jonathan poised to beat Obama's billion record in re-election campaign
Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan appears poised
to exceed US President Barrack Obama’s historic one billion dollars re-election
campaign spending. Contestant Mitt Romney and incumbent, Barrack Obama both hit
the one billion mark in 2012 setting campaign fund raising and expenditure
records in the world’s wealthiest nation; but Nigeria’s unpopular President is
evidently set to hit and surpass this record in a desperate bid to secure an
election victory with 90:10 odds stacked against him.
Nigeria is bedeviled with corruption and the consequences of
this in disease prevalence, maternal mortality, deadly terror and other
ramifications of State corruption. Africa’s largest nation and biggest economy
has some of the world’s most poor with 100 million Nigerians living below the
dollar-a-day poverty mark.
In a single fund raising dinner Saturday Nigeria’s
billionaire barons coughed up a whopping sum of N21 billion, about $125 million
dollars; already one-eighth the US record. Notably, the fund raising chief of
the day, State-made billionaire Aliko Dangote was not in town and is yet
announce his donation as Joseph Makoju, his representative stated. With Dangote
and others’ donations coming in later, the total sum raised in the single event
could reach half the US billion mark.
Billions of dollars have been reported stolen every year
from State coffers according to global transparency organizations and the
nation’s former central bank governor, now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Much of these funds are expected to be poured into campaigns. The President’s
wife has reportedly stated to private associates that she has one billion
dollars stashed dedicated for the 2015 February 14th elections.
Buying a Victory, Sponsoring Terror
Compared to the United States, Nigeria’s economy simply does
not have the capacity for such an influx massive funds and as rapidly as they
are being injected with less than 50 days to the Presidential elections. US
donations typically fund media companies.
In Nigeria much of election funds is used to buy over
electoral officials; bribe police, procure and process illegal voters cards and
thumb printed votes; etc. Funds are also used to “buy people” by donating bags
of food, “stomach infrastructure” as it is now notoriously called and the
ruling party proudly refers to it. Ships of rice are being imported right now
for this monumental task.
The political funds promote much of corruption in the
society, but worse than this, there is an entire thuggery profession that
thrives year after year on politics blood money. These thugs sponsored and
armed for and by this corrupt political money are what resulted in Boko Haram
terror group in the nation’s northeast and the MEND terrorist group in the
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Boko Haram was formed as Ecomog by former Borno Governor Ali
Modu Sheriff and his then ANPP politician associate, Mala Othman, according to
the former Interior Minister Abba Moro White-paper report and other official
documents on Boko Haram.
The former Borno Governor, Modu Sheriff is known to believe
so much in corrupt money campaign funding that he notoriously is noted to have
said that the people of the State were too illiterate to be influenced by all
the reports of his incompetence and looting because “most of them cannot read.”
Noted to own Nigeria’s most expensive private jet, the only project the
Governor allegedly developed for the State was a single boarding primary school
that never made sense and was never used. On this backdrop, the purchase of an
electoral victory in the State by the ex-Governor was by funding one of the
worst terror organizations the world has ever known, the Boko Haram group
responsible for over 100,000 deaths and the displacement of over a million
MEND, a terror group the nation’s current President was
known to be a patron of [STRATFOR],
was likewise funded on this political money and the group has been responsible
for the deaths of thousands via direct killing, pipe-line vandalism related oil
spills and the resulting ecological and human poisoning and economic warfare
against the State, leading to hardship and death.
Electoral Reforms: The Booby Trap Jonathan Avoided
As I reported in April of this year, Nigeria’s President
rejected electoral reforms that will strictly monitor election donations; for
the obvious reason—as he said—that “it will be a booby trap” for him.
Quoting my article of April 2014; “That’s
a booby trap: President Jonathan says, rejecting needed campaign expenses
“The Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonthan in Abuja Monday,
rejected recommendations for the regulation of campaign expenses, submitted to
him by the former Senate President Ken Nnamani headed National Stakeholders’
Forum on Electoral Reform. Goodluck challenged Nigerians to advocate a
“realistic and practicable” law that would not be “a booby trap” for anyone.
This according to a report today in DailyTrust.
“Section 91 of the Electoral Act 2010 stipulates that: “The
maximum election expenses to be incurred by a candidate at a presidential
election shall be N1 billion; governorship (N200million); Senate (N40million)
and House of Representatives (N20million).”
The donation of N21 billion violated Nigeria’s electoral
laws for candidate and individual and group donations. Though the donors
attempted to dodge these laws by claiming their donations were made on behalf
of groups, the Nigerian electoral law in Section
91 (2) and 91 (9) clearly stipulate that neither individual nor group/entity may
donate over 1 million naira. The campaign cap too is set at N1 billion; though
of course the crooks now facing public anger and requests for police
investigation and seizure are expected to claim the N21 billion is for building
a PDP sky-scraper or something.
Part of the critical changes Nigerians look forward to if
and when the Buhari/Osinbajo government takes over in May of 2015, is sweeping
and strict electoral reforms to cap and control election spending and possibly
make all spending provided for equally by the government for all candidates to
cancel the destruction party spending does to the nation and also to end Cabal
purchase of governments.
The Billion Dollars May Buy The Victory Unless…
For now the Jonathan camp may well purchase their victory as
Nigerians are hungry and desperate and though 90% of the social media populace
strongly detest the corrupt corrupt leadership in open cahoots with a deadly,
rogue Cabal; many of Nigeria’s voters are in rural areas and are unaware of the
incompetence and corruption of the current administration; and unless Nigerian
youth take it upon themselves to volunteer into all nooks and crannies to
advise the people to take the money and food but vote for integrity; a
re-election victory will be purchased for over a billion dollars on Valentines
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