In his 1966 conspiracy theory book, Tragedy and Hope, Carroll Quigley argues that ,amongst other things,the mass media is a tool designed by those who really “own “society to control the people.
Following Monday’s proceedings at the tribunal where Atiku Abubakar, former Nigeria’s vice president and challenger of Mohammadu Buhari, is contesting the results of March 23 elections, its harried citizens are split in half. Some hope that the verdict will send Mr Buhari packing. And others say it will be tragic for the government to lose. “No matter the merit of Atiku’s case, no incumbent has ever been defeated in Nigeria ” said one APC .
Some say that the APC knew it couldn’t win a fair elections and thus ensured the ouster of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen and replaced him with a yes -man.
Even the government is prevaricating between possible tragedy and hope. It takes unmeasured steps that seem to give the vibes that it didn’t win the election.
Those who are consoled that Mr Atiku could win might have read Prof. Quigley’s book. They say, for instance, that the powers that be in Nigeria were not at Mr Buhari’s inaugural. Those will include the diplomatic corps and Nigeria’s retired generals.The truth is that they do exist: The powers that be, that is. Mr Buhari’s men think they can do without the unseen hands. But it can’t.
Carroll Quigley’s book
The book has attracted the attention of those interested in geopolitics due to Quigley’s assertion that a secret society initially led by Cecil Rhodes, Alfred Milner and others had considerable influence over British and American foreign policy in the first half of the twentieth century. From 1909 to 1913, Milner organized the outer ring of this society as the semi-secret Round Table groups.
Mr Atiku’s supporters say that they have “overwhelming evidence” that they won the elections. They also claim that Mr Atiku has never lost a litigation. And so far, it looks like things are going their way. That is, they can hope. Mr Atiku has an invisible queue of 400 witnesses.
The first witness was Buba Galadima, Mr Buhari’s former confidante. On Monday, he said Mr Buhari didn’t deliver ,it was why he switched support.
Wole Olanipekun,counsel to Mr Buhari, asked him, “You fell out with the 2nd respondent (Buhari) because he did not make you a minister in 2015.”
“We made good promises to Nigerians, including justice, inclusiveness, and to secure the country, which he has failed to do”, Mr Galadima replied with a smile.
“It has always being part of my characteristics to fight injustice.”
“I’m still a member of APC. I have not been sacked. We are in court. I don’t want to be subjudice,” he said, adding he is the chairman of the Reformed APC, even though it is not a registered party.
“I’m not a member of PDP, but we have a memorandum of understanding with the PDP to produce God-fearing, good and educated leader.”
Another witness said that he was forced to sign an elections form even while elections didn’t hold in his polling unit. He enjoys a government empowerment program and would lose the monthly N20,000 if he didn’t play ball.
One of Nigeria’s voluble newspapers, Vanguard reports that:
“Answering a question that was posed to him by counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mr Yunus Usman, SAN, the witness said: “I was harassed and intimidated to sign the result sheet under duress. I was told that if I refuse to sign, my name will be removed from the N-Power Program”
Asked if he was dissatisfied that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC scored over 700 votes in his polling unit, the witness said: “There was no score because there was no election”
The tragedy for Mr Buhari is that his spokesmen talk at cross purposes. After the elections, Festus Keyamo said that Mr Atiku should be arrested and tried for treason for “hacking into the INEC server “.Mr Keyamo would modify that :”Results being paraded by Atiku and the PDP are fake. They were posted on the server before the elections were postponed “.
As Mr Buhari has no “supporting evidence” that he won the elections, INEC said there was no server.
And remember the O.J Simpson formula? If the gloves don’t fit, then it can’t be OJ?
Well, looks like there is a sever afterall.
“I personally transmitted election results to server using a code”, says Presiding Officer,Adejuyita Olalekan. INEC paid for and trained the “ad hoc ” staff on the use of smart cards and how to transmit the results to its central server.
More tragedy, Mr Buhari’s critics say as another witness claimed that the president lost the elections in his own state,Katsina.
Nigerian media sources Tuesday say that Salisu Maijigiri, the chairman, Katsina state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, told the election petition tribunal that his party’s presidential candidate in the February 23rd, presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, won President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina state
.He said, while President Buhari polled “872,000, his party, the PDP scored, 905,000. According to him, “We (PDP) are the one who won the election not APC. “APC scored 872,000 and PDP scored, 905,000. “These are our own results, we collated in our state not the ones from the server.”
Again, INEC is hovering around whether to tender a server, which is the only way it can prove that Mr Buhari won and contradict itself.
Finally, as tragedies and hopes go, Atiku’s admirers say that if Mr Buhari didn’t have anything to hide, why does his legal team seek to block a motion asking for his bio-data? Place and date of birth, education with dates( if any), certificates obtained (if any), etc ,etc.
More tragic is the conclusion by some that “even if he loses, Buhari will not handover “. But more hopefully, his critics say that Buhari will soon be hearing from enemies he didn’t know existed. Tragedy and Hope.