An online newspaper, Premium Times is reporting that there is a secret video of Friday’s NGF elections, taken by one of the governors sympathetic to the cause of the NGF chairman, Rotimi Amaechi.
The video shows that the election was transparently conducted, despite the protestation by the anti Amaechi governors who described it as a sham.
According to Premium Times:
Governors backing the newly reelected chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Amaechi, had premonition that the keenly contested election might become tumultuous, so they requested one of them to secretly video the poll.
With his mobile phone, an unnamed governor secretly captured most of the proceedings of an election that featured intense maneuvering from governors on a clear divide, either in support or against President Goodluck Jonathan’ candidate, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state.
The footage documents how the 35 governors, who participated, were transparently accredited, assigned ballot papers, before they took turns to slot them in a transparent ballot box hired from the Independent National Electoral Commission, our source said.
At a point during the election, a source said, the arrowhead of the opposition against Mr. Amaechi, Governor Godswill Akpabio, realized the election was being taped and he charged angrily at the governor doing the recording. But once Mr. Akpabio turned away, the governor simply resumed his secret recording.
With a fierce allegation of fraud now up against Mr. Amaechi’s victory, from governor’s known to be die-hard associates of the president, the recording is seen as the first documented evidence of a transparent process to crush that concern.
“Let them keep dancing around, we will release the video of the election at the appropriate time, “ a governor, who pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak for his camp said Saturday. “We have hard core evidence that these clowns (governors) voted without any complaint during the election. We are ashamed to have these shady characters as colleagues.”