It is now exactly one year since Godsday Orubebe, former minister of Niger Delta affairs and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agent for the 2015 presidential election, hurled invective at Attahiru Jega, then chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
With his candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, trailing the All Progressives Congress’ Muhammadu Buhari by a wide margin with a few states to go, Orubebe made a last-ditch effort to prevent the announcement of results, alleging that Jega had colluded with APC to falsify the results of the presidential election.
“PDP has been observing with pains the manner you have been handling some issues,” he screamed at the INEC national collation centre.
“We are beginning to see that you are partial and tribalistic. The PDP has lost confidence in what you are doing. We have lost confidence in you because you are partial and selective.”
Orubebe vowed to disrupt the further announcement of the results, asking Jega to respond to the issues raised by the PDP in a letter to the commission previously.
In a fit of rage, He said to Jega: “You are tribalistic, you are partial. Until something is done, we cannot allow you to continue the process.”
Responding, the INEC chairman explained that he did not receive any petition from the PDP, stating that the party, through one of its agents, Bello Fadile, had tried to submit a petition to him on Monday while collation was going on, but he rejected it because it did not follow the right channel.
On the allegation of colluding with the APC to falsify results, Jega simply said: “I do not give results to anybody.
“I have not given anybody any result and I have not seen any result.”
Orubebe later apologised for his actions, but the video below had already gone viral.