Ex-minister, Orubebe disrupts elections results collation

By our correspondent

Ex-Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, protesting at the INEC results collation centre in Abuja on Tuesday

Ex-Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, protesting at the INEC results collation centre in Abuja on Tuesday

A former minister and agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Godswin Orubebe, threw caution to the wind on Tuesday, disrupting proceedings at the Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) collation centre, Abuja.

He halted the proceedings while protesting the decision of INEC to investigate the petition of the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), against last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Rivers State.

The party particularly accused the commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega of not only being bias but also partial and tribalistic.

The former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Orubebe and Col. Bello Fadile, who represented the party at the Presidential Election Results Collation Centre, at the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja, accused the Jega of secretly working for the APC.

He queried  why the INEC chairman constituted an investigative panel and sent same to Rivers State to look into the petition from the APC, while it failed to act, in like manner, on its (PDP) petition against elections in some states of the North.

The PDP representatives,whose open protest temporarily halted proceedings at the collation centre,said the party had lost confidence in both Jega and his INEC,and demanded expeditious treatment of its petition against the elections in some states of the North.

Some of the states, according to the party,are Jigawa,Kano, Katsina, Gombe and Bauchi.

Orubebe, sitting on bare floor of the collation centre in protest

Orubebe, sitting on bare floor of the collation centre in protest

The representative of the PDP at the Presidential Collation Centre, Mr Godday Orubebe, faulted the claim by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attaihiru Jega that the People Democratic Party, PDP, did not submit its petition through the right channel of communication.

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He said that the party took the petition to the secretariat of the commission but it was not accepted, hence, they approached Jega at the collation centre, who directed them to give it to his Chief of Staff or Personal Assistant, Abdullahi.

“We took the letter to the INEC secretariat but they did not accept it from us so we approached Jega, who told us to give it to his Chief of Staff.

“We did, but we were shocked that he returned it in the evening of yesterday (Monday) that we did not follow the right channel,” Orubebe said.

He also alleged that APC submitted its petition, via e-mail through the Chief of Staff of Jega, the same man they gave theirs to.

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