African Independent Television (AIT) has suddenly removed
a popular online poll where the All Progressives Congress
party candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, was resoundingly
beating President Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari’s lead in the poll was despite the president’s shelling
out of N5 million per daily showing of his sponsored
documentary against Buhari that was being repeatedly
shown on AIT stations across Nigeria, and online.
Earlier on Tuesday, SaharaReporters published a screenshot
of the poll, which at that time showed Buhari well ahead by
As the day wore on, the poll saw Buhari’s lead rise to 79%.
It was then swiftly taken down, AIT replacing the page with
a claim that the page was “under maintenance.”
That behavior was reminiscent of a similar incident last year
by Mr. Jonathan’s social media aide, Reno Omokri, who is
Mr. Jonathan’s social media aide. In an effort to provide a
rebuttal to a SaharaReporters poll showing Mr. Jonathan
being handsomely defeated by General Buhari, Omokri
manipulated a poll he had set up, and then hurriedly shut it
down with Jonathan ahead of Buhari by 1%.
AIT did not say whether its poll page would return after its
‘maintenance’, but some users had noted earlier that the TV
station was allowing multiple voting for President Jonathan.
That was subsequently corrected, a fact that was also noted
by users, following which Buhari again regained the lead.
AIT then suddenly went into ‘maintenance