Drama as PDP leaders disrupt collation of presidential election results

Elder Goodsday Orubebe

As Nigerians anxiously await the full results of the Presidential and National Assembly elections results, some officials of the Peoples Democratic Party, led by a former minister, Godsday Orubebe, on Tuesday, disrupted the results collation exercise in Abuja, accusing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, of bias.

Mr. Orubebe, a former Niger Delta minister, seized the microphone, and for several minutes insisted Mr. Jega leave the results collation centre at the International Conference Centre.

He said Mr. Jega’s conduct so far has shown he is clearly biased against the ruling PDP.
He said Mr. Jega acted promptly on complaints from the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, but refused to accept a petition from the PDP regarding the results declared so far.

Mr. Orubebe accused the INEC chairman of being “tribalistic and partial.”
He said while Mr. Jega promptly commissioned a fact-finding team on reports of malpractices from Rivers State, he has not acted on the PDP’s complaints over results from Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Gombe states.

Mr. Orubebe was unyielding as Mr. Jega and other INEC officials appealed to him to allow the collation go on.
He said the collation would not continue except Mr. Jega leave the venue for his office to “address PDP complaints”.
Mr. Jega later explained that he refused accepting petitions from the PDP because he could not do so while collating results.
The INEC chairman said he was approached on Monday by a senior official of the PDP, Bello Fadile, but that he advised the official to deliver the party’s complaints at the INEC office, through the secretary.

Later, Mr. Jega said he was handed some papers by his assistant, who said Mr. Fadile had sent, on the claim that Mr. Jega advised him to do so.

Mr. Jega said he rejected the petition papers from Mr. Fadile.
He also denied handing results to the APC, as charged by another PDP official.

Mr. Orubebe was later led away from the podium before announcement of results continued.
Results declared by the INEC so far shows President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP is trailing behind Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.


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  • Yasin

    PDP disrupted the announcements, but Jega’s calmness and matured response saved the day. It appeared INEC did not anticipate such a development. Thank god Asari and co were not involved, otherwise calmness may not have been so easily restored.

  • Adamson

    Shameful. Barbaric. Reprehensible. Ignominious. Childlike Vituperations of a frustrated, wicked and self serving PDP. Godsday shame on you for truly rubbishing Nigeria in front of the international community.

  • OKUKOIGBO

    let PDP GET OUT LET APC IN ,

  • Maitama Tambari

    Why should Col. Bello Fadile (retired) interfere with electoral process being a lawyer and Special Assistance Legal to NSA?

  • Matthew Oye

    Shame on you orubebe. Now that the rug is pulled from under your feet. You want to plunge the nation into rancour. Elder Orubebe, you are a disgrace to your family, to you village and to your generation. May we never hear your name in the nation again. Nzeribe did it before you and he is dying of incurable sickness going through the most excruciating pains till he end in hell. Orubebe, hell is where you belong you and all your children and everyone from your village. Who are you? The looting you have been stealing for the past 6 years is not enough for you. You want to truncate the destiny of a nation of 17o million people. How will you live from today in this nationi. Orubebe you should go and drink poison and die now becuase you are finished

    • zubby

      shame to Orubebe. you acted so childish you deserve to be punished

  • paul uzokwe

    It has once more proved PDP is not a model to carry Nigeria along,and put the country where they belong in the World.The leaders are indisciplined ,corrupt and esteem themselves above the law and behave themselves disorderly even in the house of assembly and senate,so what do you expect of the common subject.If a blind lead the blind ,both will fall into the ditch.PDP is absolute a devil oriented party created to ruin the country,but thank God we have Moses GMB to rescue us.The era of PDP is gone from nigerians and will never win any election in Nigeria if the APC will capitalize and cash on the advantage and offer the Nigerians what they have be craving for.PDP is a disgrace to the country for the past sixteen years of their rule and must not be voted for in subsequent elections.