The Federal Government had set up a Committee to investigate as well as to brainstorm on the recent revelation bothering on the events that surrounded the 2015 General Election especially as rumour has it that a one time candidate of APC, a Nigerian Billionaire and supporter of Goodluck Jonathan, had paid 2m to Cambridge Analytica demanding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical records be hacked into:Requesting other details from other countries.
The Committee which was set to investigate the story suggesting that Cambridge Analytica had manipulated Nigeria’s 2007 elections by organising campaigns to weaken the chances of opposition parties have written to the United Kingdom and the United States of America informing them of what is on ground.
The in-house Committee is also to confirm the exact role played by Cambridge Analytica; whether the Firm’s job for PDP – the then ruling party during the 2007 and 2015 General Election Campaign, has in any way broken the Constitution of the country as regards the rights of other candidates and their parties.
Depending on the outcome, the Federal Government has thought of appointing a special investigator and if possible, start criminal prosecution by Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and the Attorney-General.
Meanwhile, an unanimous personality, a top Presidency official familiar with the committee’s work has told a correspondent on Monday about the panel’s communication with the UK and the US.
“You will recall that when the news broke, the government set up what we called an in-house committee to investigate the matter.
“The last I heard about that committee was that they have written to the US and the UK for more information on what happened.
“I am yet to find out if those countries have responded and the stage which the committee is now.
”When contacted on the matter, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, promised to find out the latest on the matter on his return to Abuja after President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing two-day visit to Jigawa State.
Shehu had earlier said although he had not been briefed on the issue, it was the right of Nigerians for the PDP, Facebook and Cambridge Analytical to explain their roles in the matter.
He had said:
“Nigerians deserve answers immediately from the PDP administration, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on how and why they improperly obtained and used data to interfere in Nigerian elections.
“An investigation should help to determine if there is a linkage between the various killings and maimings that have characterised our elections since 2007 and the misinformation activities of the Cambridge Analytica data flows.
“Such investigations will also help President Buhari to achieve his wish to leave a legacy of improved elections.”