Protesters hired by Jonathan campaign against Muhammadu Buhari
Three hours before the advertised speech of Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate at the Chatham House in London, the odd crowd arrived the St. James Square venue, creating a scene that attracted the London police.
The arrival of the crowd only confirmed stories that the Jonathan campaign group had doled out wads of cash to some people to disrupt the event.
From interviews by a TV crew, it was obvious that many of the people hired were not Nigerians. They also did not even know why they came to carry banners of protests.
TV reports show the ladies were unkempt, indicating, as the interviewer suggested, they were picked straight from some red-light districts in the city.
It was the first time, an incumbent would carry out a political hate-campaign against a rival outside Nigeria.
The campaign of hatred is already being waged intensely locally, with daily assaults on Buhari’s medical, educational, military records by the Jonathan group. At the last count, there were about 10 legal challenges to Buhari’s educational qualification by litigants working for the Jonathan group, and who are seeking a court order to stop Buhari’s electoral challenge to Jonathan: a desperation by an incumbent has never been so palpable in the history of Nigeria.