President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out the possibility of ordering an investigation into the scandalous leaked audio tape of the alleged collusion between officers of the Nigerian Army and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party to rig last year’s June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
President Jonathan told The Wall Street Journal that the audio was a fabrication in spite of the confirmation of its authenticity by a U.S.-based voice-verification firm, Guardian Consulting LLC.
“It’s all fabrications”, Mr. Jonathan, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the PDP, said of the audio. “Why should I investigate things that are not real?”
The president’s unexpected indifference to the scandal that has raised questions about his much-touted belief in free, fair and credible elections, elicited melancholic reaction from no one else but Dr. Kayode Fayemi, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, who allegedly lost the poll to Governor Ayodele Fayose of the PDP.
“It’s very sad”, Fayemi told the Wall Street Journal. “The military has lost any democratic control”.