FRAUD | How Adebola Williams and Chude Jideowno Claimed Credit for Electing 3 African Presidents

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  Two Nigerians, Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams are claiming credit for the elections of former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, current President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and current President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.  

One of them, Adebola Williams even got his friend at Forbes to publish a report on how he personally managed to achieve this feat. Just yesterday, his partner, Chude Jideonwo released the cover of a new book he authored titled – HOW TO WIN ELECTIONS IN AFRICA which purportedly arrogates further credit to their company StateCraft Inc as the brains behind the elections of Presidents Jonathan, Buhari and Akufo-Addo of Ghana. In the cover of the book, his partner Adebola Wiliams who got the credit in the Forbes’ article is now written in smaller letters compared to Chude Jideonwo’s written more prominently.

  Reports available to us can however confirm that these claims are fraudulent. In the case of Goodluck Jonathan, the late Oronto Douglas as Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, in his support for the efforts of young Nigerians invited Chude Jideonwo to interview President Jonathan. The interview was then published on Y! Magazine with Goodluck Jonathan on the cover. Little did the unsuspecting Oronto Douglas know that later in the future Chude Jideowno and Adebola Williams will later package that as what it takes to make a sitting President win an election into office. There was no official engagement of RED Media to work for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign. It was an accidental hustle which explains why they never got access to the Jonathan administration after he won.  

A similar occurrence happened in the 2015 elections that saw Muhammadu Buhari emerge as President. Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams in their usual hustle appealed to Rotimi Amaechi who was then Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation to assist them with the social media brief for Buhari’s campaign. They would later claim this as well, as how they made Buhari President. Again, and strangely so, their company StateCraft was not retained after their “great work” of “installing Buhari as President” because, as with Jonathan, they were never officially engaged. They were side hustlers like many other volunteers and freelancers who worked on these campaigns.

  Their next target was Ghana where they went and liased with the campaign team of the then opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo. According to informed sources, they told Akufo-Addo’s campaign team that they are the ones who helped elect Jonathan and Buhari in Nigeria. After a lot of pressure on Akufo-Addo’s team, a prominent photographer from Nigeria was invited to do a photo shoot for Akufo-Addo. Akufo-Addo eventually won the elections only for Adebola Williams to begin posting photos he took with Akufo-Addo and again claiming that he was the one responsible for the victory.  

Adebola Williams immediately got his friend Mfonobong Nsehe at Forbes Africa to schedule an interview for him. It was a fraudulent arrangement. The title of the interview said it all – “Meet the 30-year Old Nigerian Entrepreneur Who Helped Elect 3 African Presidents”.

  Informed sources also indicate that they attempted to replicate this fraud in Kenya by positioning themselves with the opposition candidate Raila Odinga hoping he would win the elections and then release photographs with him. He would have been added to their list as the fourth President they installed.  

Social media commentators have questioned the integrity of the claims especially as elections are won based on the collective efforts of a long list of many individuals working on the campaign. Others say this desperation is in a quest to secure a new client as Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections gets closer.

Oriri Peter is a blogger, an online media expert, an entrepreneur. Founder of Penessaj Communication, He is politically motivated, He has participated in various political campaign platforms, He is also an event planer/social media mobilizer, a social analyst and a strategic thinker. Studied Sociology from Benue State University Makurdi. He is so passionate about the ordinary Nigeria.

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