The national collation centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Abuja was some few minutes ago thrown into commotion as the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, agent, Elder Godsdey Orubebe, refused to allow the continuation of announcement of election results.
Upon resumption on Tuesday morning to continue announcing the election results, Mr. Orubebe sought and got the permission of the INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to make an observation.
Immediately he was handed the microphone, the former Niger Delta Minister held up a piece of paper, which he said was printed from the opposition party, All Progressives Congress’ website, purportedly showing the party’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the election even though all the results have not yet been announced.
Accusing Jega of bias and tribalism, the PDP agent passed a vote of no confidence on the INEC chairman.
“You are very very selective, partial; we’ve lost confidence in what you are doing. We don’t believ in you anymore”, he said, adding “You are tribalistic! You are partial! You are selective! We’ll not allow it! This [the result] is already printed by Jega and APC!”
Apparently vexed by the INEC chairman’s decision to set up a probe committee on the election in Rivers State, Mr. Orubebe said Jega refused to look into similar complaints by the ruling party on some states, especially in the North, which the PDP considered to have been massively rigged.
“Let Jega set up a committee, to go to Kano; to go to Katsina, to go to Jigawa, to go to Kaduna. They are playing a script! We won’t allow it”, Orubebe thundered.
He was unyielding as Mr. Jega and other INEC officials appealed to him to allow the collation to go on.
He said the collation would not go on except Mr. Jega leaves the venue for his office to “address PDP complaints”.
In his response, Jega denied the accusation of bias leveled against him by the PDP, stressing that the party did not follow the right channel of communication in submitting its petition.
He argued that the petition was given to his Personal Assistant instead of the Secretary to the Commission.
This much Jega said he told the PDP agent at the collation centre, Dr. Bello Fadile, who said “okay”.
He also claimed ignorance of the election result allegedly paraded by the APC.
The collation of results has since resumed.