I Was Never Involved in Any Plot to Abduct Jega – Orubebe
The former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, has distanced himself from the alleged plot to abduct the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega at the presidential results collation centre in Abuja.
It was widely reported in the media just last week that Orubebe’s protest against the abandonment of his petition during the collations and direct verbal attack on Prof Attahiru Jega was intended to cause confusion at the presidential result collation centre in order to pave way for Jega’s abduction and trigger national violence and ultimately disrupt the collation.
This is according to LEADERSHIP Newspaperon Sunday, 19 April that claimed was surprised that a section of the media could indulge in such “slanderous, libelous, derogatory and deliberate attempt” in an attempt to rubbish his reputation and mislead Nigerians in spite of his explanations to justify the protest he staged and the passionate apology rendered to Nigerians, especially, the teeming youths.
“I am shocked. In fact, am still wondering why I will ever consider conniving with friends and other party stalwarts to foment national violence that will in turn fall on children, women and youths as falsely speculated to the detriment of the unity and peace of our great nation. I am an advocate of peace. This was why I was in the forefront to anchor the celebrated ceasefire with Niger Delta ex- militants to usher in peace to the once restive region. I cannot afford to sacrifice national unity and peace on the platter of power,” He said
”Count me out of any plot to abduct Jega. I am too disciplined to stoop that low. I have never thought of that and to this effect, I want to tell Nigerians and the world at large that the circulated story is not only slanderous, liberious but a disparaging defamatory otherwise salacious material against my personality and a cheap strategy to sale their papers.”
The former minister had also disclosed during the interview that he plans to take legal action against ThisDay newspapers and will demand immediate retraction of the libellous statement.
‘I have directed my lawyer to write ThisDay and stop them from henceforth, desist from further publishing and misleading Nigerians. Orubebe further accused the paper of flouting the ethics of balance reportage , saying it in clear terms that ‘I was never called nor SMS as they claim.’
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