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Orubebe washes hands off plot to abduct Jega



The former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, says he was never involved in any alleged plot to kidnap the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega at the presidential results collation centre in Abuja.

The former minister who reacted strongly against the allegation in an exclusive interview with Leadership on Sunday, wondered why a section of the media will indulge in such “slanderous, libelous, derogatory and deliberate attempt” to dent his image and mislead Nigerians after his explanations to justify the protest he staged and the passionate apology he rendered to Nigerians, especially, the teeming youths.

He said, “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.”

Orubebe insisted, “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, libelous but a disparaging defamatory otherwise salacious material against my personality and a cheap strategy to sell their papers”.

“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 balanced reportage, saying it in clear terms that “I was never called nor sent SMS as they claim.”

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