“Presidential elections of 2003, 2007 and 2011 were massively rigged” – President Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura

The Peoples Democratic Party, according to Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, heavily rigged the presidential elections in 2003, 2007, and 2011. (PDP).

In “Essential Muhammadu Buhari,” a documentary about the president, Daura asserted that one of the reasons Buhari “broke down” during his 2011 campaign for president was the ongoing rigging and lack of confidence in the electoral process.

Recall that in 2011, during one of his campaign rallies, Buhari declared that this would be his final and third run for the presidency. He had said, wiping tears from his eyes, “I will not present myself again for election into the office of the President.”

Daura however claimed in the documentary that Buhari did not break down in tears because he was worried about defeat, rather “he broke down in pity for the system (electoral) in the country.”

The President’s nephew further stated that he knows that the three elections were rigged because he approached Buhari’s lawyer after the 2007 election to demand the results of some states.

He also said that the widespread rigging made Buhari enter a merger with other political parties in 2013.

Daura added; 

“…He gave me the one for Imo State. I went over the result carefully and I saw PDP, Yar’Adua – 25,000 votes and Buhari – 5,000, and so on. All round figures throughout. Even the winner of the election, Yar’Adua had said the election was faulty.”

The claim was backed by President Muhammadu Buhari in the documentary. According to the Nigerian leader, the PDP “were so confident that nobody could remove them and they were also not careful.”

He also recalled how his former party, Congress for Progressives Change, convinced political players like Bola Tinubu of the then All Nigeria Peoples Party and Rochas Okorocha from a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance – to form a merger that resulted in the APC that eventually delivered victory for him in the 2015 general elections.

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