Ex-President Reacts To Cambridge Analytica Involvement In 2015 Elections
After it came to light that London-based political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica meddled in the 2016 US elections, the company also got fingered for influencing presidential elections in Africa including Kenya and Nigeria.
In Kenya, the company was said to have influenced presidential elections since 2007.
But in Nigeria, it was the 2015 election that got the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP ousted from power that Cambridge Analytica was said to have tried to influence for the ruling party.
In fact, the company was also said to have influenced the 2007 election which produced Umar Yar’Adua as president.
But former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he was “not aware” of any attempts by Cambridge Analytica to interfere in Nigeria’s elections both in 2007 and in 2015 when he was defeated by incumbent President Muhammad Buhari.
In Nigeria, a government committee is looking into claims that a firm called SCL Elections, a Cambridge Analytica affiliate, organised rallies to dissuade opposition supporters from voting against the PDP in 2007.
“Goodluck Jonathan was not aware of such attempts, if there were any,” said the ex-leader’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, in a statement.
"The whistleblower who originated the allegation has been consistent in associating it to an unnamed businessman, who was neither linked to the party nor to the Jonathan campaign,” Eze said.
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