This elections have been the most intense, competitive and most likely to be the one that is the most participated in. A recent poll by Al Jazeera concluded that 78% of the electorate plans to participate in the elections.
However, the tough contest only resulted in a lot of bizarre twists and turns and here are our top picks with help from CNN.
There were a lot of bizarre advertisements, which were more of mud-slinging campaigns. Also a lot of different tactics came up such as advertising in Ghana. Hoping to capitalize on the large numbers of Nigerians living in Ghana, both Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party and Buhari’s All Progressives Congress plaster many major streets in Ghana’s capital, Accra, with posters of the parties’ leaders. The Ghanaian authority eventually frowned at the practiced and banned it.
In February, Sahara Reporters alleged that the elections in Ekiti were rigged using the Nigerian military. They presented an audio tape which had the voices of the current governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose; Musiliu Obanikoro and other prominent people conspiring. Despite the evidence and one of the conspirators confessing to the crime, no action was taken.
President Jonathan rules out investigating the allegations, saying the audio tape is “fabricated,” according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. “It’s all fabrications,” he is quoted saying. “Why should I investigate things that are not real?”
Postponement of polls
On February 7, just a week to the original scheduled election day, the country’s election commission announces the postponement of the elections for six weeks. The commission says the postponement is due to security concerns, after agencies say the military needs more time to secure areas controlled by extremist group Boko Haram.
The controversial decision is unpopular among many Nigerians.
In mid-February, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, an elder statesman and a key supporter of Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 elections, publicly rips up his membership card of the People’s Democratic Party. This marks a turning point in the soured relationship between Obasanjo and the President Goodluck, whom he’d previously mentored.
The governments of Nigeria and Morocco had a row after the Nigerian Government alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan had a phone conversation with the King of Morocco. The Moroccan Government denied it while the Nigerian Government insisted, which led to Morocco closing up its embassy and recalling its ambassador.
President Goodluck eventually admitted that there was no phone call and ordered an investigation into the incident.
Ekiti Gate II
In the continuation to Ekiti Gate, opposition party legislators opposed the appointment of Musiliu Obanikoro, the State Minister of Defence implicated in Ekiti Gate due to his role played in the election rigging. However, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, was still sworn in prompting a mass walkout by APC lawmakers. Senate Spokesperson Enyinnaya Abaribe tells reporters that according to Nigeria’s laws and constitution “anything that is a mere allegation and not a court decision is nothing but a mere allegation.”
On March 25, after weeks of speculation and an ongoing legal battle over allegations that General Buhari failed to complete his secondary school education, a Nigerian court clears the way for the APC leader to run in the presidential race after adjourning the case until April 22.
Previously, chief Femi Fani-Kayode, director of media and publicity of PDP had issued a statement saying: “As long as he cannot produce that secondary school certificate, we believe that he is not qualified to run for the presidency of Nigeria. This is a matter of law and not sentiment.”