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Orubebe’s last fight

By Jude Opara, Abuja

It was a show of confusion yesterday at the Abuja International Conference Centre (ICC) when a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe accused the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega of working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the 2015 presidential election.

The confusion started immediately after the commission reconvened for a continuation of the release of results by Collation Officers when Orubebe called for an observation, and when he was recognized, he began by calling for the INEC chairman to send a committee to investigate the claims of his party that results from some northern states were manipulated.

Elder Orubebe at the INEC collation centre
Elder Orubebe at the INEC collation centre

“We have lost confidence in what you are doing, you are very selective, you are partial and selective, we don’t believe in you any more. You have compromised, we will not take it from from you.

“We will not allow you, we will not allow this, Nigerians will not allow this, we will not allow this until something is done.

“Jega is partial, we will not take it, let Jega set up a committee to go to Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Kaduna to investigate our objections with the elections there as he did to River State where the APC raised an issue. Jega has nothing to say here, he has nothing to say, let him go back to his office” said an angry Orubebe who even refused to allow Jega to explain what happened.

The former minister also seized the microphone and sat on the ground even as he warned everybody including the security agents present not to come close to him.

However when the drama which lasted for about about 20 minutes subsided, the INEC chairman who sat calmly throughout, simply told Orubebe to always be mindful if his conduct in public especially as a former minister of the federal republic.

“Mr. Orubebe let me say that you must be sure of the comments you make and as a former minister of the Federal Republic, you must know how to conduct yourself in publuc”. Jega told Orubebe.

 


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