John Campbell

Africa in Transition

Campbell tracks political and security developments across sub-Saharan Africa.

How to Rig an Election in Nigeria

by John Campbell Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We must ensure that security operatives at the gate to the convention venue are our people

They should be identified and taken to Ghana for orientation and ware housing

Should return to Nigeria for assigned duty not later than 2 days to Primaries

Should have clear instruction not to allow money into venue from opposition camp, except from our own people

Deliberate reduction in number of opposition delegates accreditation…

Safeguard and closely monitor our delegates

Provide secure accommodation and lock them up

Prevent opposition from infiltrating our delegates ranks

Provide welfare and logistics for delegates at the venue

Suggested minimum per delegates should be between N1.2m-N2m

We should have the on-the-spot available means to increase if it becomes necessary depending on feelers from opposition camps.

Supervision and intimidation of delegates at the venue

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Nigeria: Religious Bloodshed in the News

by John Campbell Monday, December 27, 2010

While it captures only episodic media attention, NGO personnel and others report ongoing ethnic and religious violence in the Middle Belt state of Plateau in the center of Nigeria, especially around the state capital, Jos. However, the murder of at least thirty Christians over Christmas in Jos, and the likely unrelated church attacks with loss of life in Maiduguri in Borno state in the far north, will once again focus international media attention on religious and ethnic bloodshed in Nigeria, not the least because the violence has been denounced by the Pope. Read more »

PDP Fragmenting

by John Campbell Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some Northern Nigerian Muslim politicians with membership in the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) and close to former vice president Atiku Abubakar are suing to require ‘zoning,’ the ruling People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) power sharing arrangement by which its presidential candidates alternate between the predominately Muslim North and the predominately Christian South. Up to now, the general understanding had been that ‘zoning’ was an internal PDP arrangement that was not mandated by law. The suit is scheduled for a January 4 hearing. Read more »