- During the 2015 presidential elections, one of the major players was the chairman of the INEC, Attahiru Jega
- There was however a plan to kidnap him during the election results announcement which failed
- The sinister plan was exposed in the book writing by former presidential spokesman to late Musa Yar'adua, Olusegun Adeniyi
With the elections rounding up and the results being collated, there was a plan at work to kidnap Jega to upset the winning chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Muhammadu Buhari.
This was revealed by Olusegun Adeniyi, spokesman to former Nigerian president and now late Musa Yar'adua in his new book: Against the run of play.
In the book, which is viewed as a tell it all account of how Jonathan lost and conceded, see what was said about the plan to kidnap Attahiru Jega:
There were many around Jonathan who did not share his sense of magnanimity. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, was therefore a dramatic day, with the abortive attempt by the Niger Delta Minister and ally of the president, Elder Godsday Orubebe, to disrupt proceedings at the INEC collation centre, a spectacle that unfolded on live television.
Although he would later apologise for his misadventure, Orubebe's histronics were part of a grand plan to disrupt the election, a plot that failed essentially because other parties involved refused to play to the script.
While Jega did not have the exact details of what would happen, he had nonetheless been alerted to the fact that there would be a disruption in the process, including a kidnap threat. - Page xxiii - xxiv of the book - 'Against the run of play'.
The security official assigned to Jega, had this to say: "On arrival at the collation centre that morning, we discovered that the gate between the International Conference Centre and NICON Luxury Hotel, which always locked, had curiously been opened."
Seeing this, a decision was taken for the INEC chairman not to leave the hall under any circumstance.
The rest of the story says: Jega's handlers proposed a live television feed of the electoral commission's activities so that whatever happened, the whole world would witness it.
The security official said: "Of course, Jega is usually a calm person, but given what he already knew, there was no way he was going to (take) the bait of Orubebe, who kept shouting - 'Jega go to your office!' We knew what the whole plan was about and resolved not to play into their hands." - Page xxiv of the book: 'Against the run of play'.
NAIJ.com earlier gathered that the former president Dr Goodluck Jonathan, conceded defeat to Buhari after three individuals encouraged him to do so despite the irregularities that marred the election.
A Nigerian man spoke on this in his interview with NAIJ.com. Watch the video below: