There was mild drama at the on-going INEC Collation centre in Abuja where proceedings were disrupted for about 30 minutes when a former Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Godsday Orubebe accused the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega of being compromised in favour of the opposition, APC.
The top PDP official accused Jega of setting up a committee to look into the petition by APC over the conduct of the presidential and NASS elections in Rivers State while he refused to accept the petition brought to his office by PDP against election results in some Northern States of the federation where APC had a clean sweep.
The embittered senior citizen lamented that Jega who acted promptly on APC’s petition ought to have given the same measure of response to PDP’s protest against results from Kano, Kastina, Jigawa and other states in the north where APC had extra-ordinary results.
The protesting former minister however, threw decorum to the winds when he refused blatantly to allow Jega respond to the allegations, insisting that proceedings must stop at the collation centre until Jega did the needful to correct the injustice meted out to PDP. Sitting on the bear floor of the auditorium, he shouted Jega down and vowed never to leave until the anomaly he brought to the fore was corrected. It took the concerted efforts of other party members to prevail on him to allow the INEC boss respond to his grievances.
In a live telecast monitored bt the Street Journal, willy-nilly, Orubebe bulged. And Jega explained that his Personal Assistant came to him at the end of proceedings at the collation centre last night to say that a PDP top official said he Jega directed him to submit some documents to the PA.. He said he told his PA that he never asked anybody to submit a any document with the PA, hence the document was returned to the PDP official.
He said when the PDP official got through to him on telephone, he (Jega) explained to him that he couldn’t have submitted the petition when the collation of results was on-going, adding that he should submit the document with the Secretary to the Commission for further action. He however, said as he was speaking no document had been submitted to the INEC Secretariat for the commission’s action.
He further explained that the did not release any results to any party, stressing that he had warned that nobody had the right to release any result except the INEC. He absolved himself from blames as he never authorised the results of the election on the APC website as alleged by the PDP official.
He however, urged Orubebe to always be mindful of his conduct in the public as he is an elder statesman in his own right.