REVEALED! Orubebe's 'Show Of Shame' Was Part Of Grand Plan To Cause Confusion, Kidnap Jega
BEVERLY HILLS, April 16, (THEWILL) – Although Nigerians may have put the outburst of the former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, at the ICC Collation Centre in Abuja behind them, following his apology, a Reuters report has revealed that Orubebe's “show of shame” was simply a ploy and part of a larger plot to abduct the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, in the midst of the confusion and then scuttle the electoral process.
Though it was not clear what those behind the plot would have done to Jega after the abduction, they would have succeeded in truncating the peaceful process and turn the country into violence.
Impeccable sources close to the plot said it was hatched by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, especially his kinsmen from the Niger Delta, apparently without the consent of the President.
Before the show at the ICC Collation Centre, massive manipulations and doctoring of election results were said to have been going on under the supervision of the die-hard supporters of President Jonathan.
A close aide of the INEC chairman who got wind of the plot quickly alerted independent election monitors through an SMS, as he disclosed that the plot was hatched as soon as it became clear that President Jonathan was already losing the election with the results declared so far by INEC.
It was reliably gathered that some civil society and pro-democracy advocates as well as a foreign diplomat who also got wind of the plan quickly raised the alarm by alerting the international community.
The alarm, it was gathered, actually prompted the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart Philip Hammond to issue a tough statement, saying the ongoing vote counting in Nigeria “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.
Confirming the plot in an interview with Reuters, Clement Nwankwo, head of the Situation Room, an Abuja-based coalition of human rights groups and democracy advocates monitoring the polls, said: “It was a desperate thing, mostly by a group of people from the Niger Delta who were in the room (ICC Collation Centre),” as he described the events that followed in the minutes after he received the SMS.
According to Nwankwo, the security detail attached to the INEC Chairman was approached by unidentified individuals appealing to them to stand down so that they could complete their “assignment”, but thebodyguards refused.
“Some of the guards who had been guarding Jega for years demanded a written order,” Nwankwo also told Reuters. “But it didn't exist.”
However, Jega, who was apparently not aware of the plot, was able to frustrate their efforts through his calmness throughout the 11-minuteshow of shame by Orubebe and his co-conspirators.
In his response, Jega said: “Let us not disrupt a process that has ended peacefully,” with a word of advise for Orubebe, saying :”Mr. Orubebe, you are a former minister of the Federal Republic. You are a statesman in your own right. You should be careful about what you say or about what allegations you make.”
Sensing the danger in the turn of events, President Jonathan, who was watching the display live on television, quickly called his major contender, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to congratulate him thus dousing the tension that was already building up.