Civil society groups demand explanation from US over roles in 2015 elections
No fewer than 20 Civil Society Groups in Nigeria are demanding explanation from the United States Government to reveal the extent of their involvement in the country’s 2015 Presidential elections. The group led by Campaign for Democracy are insisting that America needs to clear its name from the scandal despite a denial from the US embassy in Abuja on Wednesday, stressing that only an investigation could establish the truth of the claim.
The development follows a hint by Babangida Aliyu, former Niger state governor and ex-chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, of possible involvement in the electoral defeat of Jonathan.
In an advance copy of ‘Against the Run of Play’, a book written by Segun Adeniyi, the former governor had claimed that the Obama administration invited 12 northern governors to the US to ascertain their level of commitment to removing Jonathan.
He was quoted to have said: “That was my reading of the situation. I believe it was all about the 2015 election for which the Americans had resolved not to support Jonathan. They just wanted to size us up for the level of commitment to regime change”.
Reacting to this the civil society groups led by Campaign for Democracy (CD) urged the US authorities to explain its roles in clear terms in order to come clean against damaging reports of interfering in the domestic affairs of a foreign country.
In the release signed by the spokesman of the group, Femi Lawson the civil society group noted that “the stakes have gone higher, with former Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State confirming that Former US Secretary of State John Kerry twice met with Northern governors, to elicit support in stopping President Jonathan, using the Northern executive platform.”
They also wondered, “why suddenly the US, became hostile to a sitting President of our nation, despite robust relations spanning a spectrum of collaboration over the years.”
The group further described the the action as the climax of a “litany of sustained subterranean moves to distance the US from the government of President Jonathan through refusal to sell arms and lack of effective support to fight insurgency.”
“Again, we note that it is indeed shocking that despite America’s well known strong foreign policy stance against terrorism, Islamic militancy all over the world, it strangely turned its back against a theatre of that war in Nigeria, where lives were being sacrificed lives in tens of thousands, just because they wanted regime change.”
The Group also wanted to know why the same “American authorities that claim to maintain a puritanical posture on the issue of interference in Nigerian elections despite suggestions of its involvement, would turn round to actively accuse Russia of same offence in 2019 US Presidential Election.”