I did not plot to kidnap Jega, Orubebe to sue ThisDay newspaper

By Post Nigeria April 20, 2015 09:35

I did not plot to kidnap Jega, Orubebe to sue ThisDay newspaper

The Former Minister, of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe has debunked reports of his involvement in an alleged plot to kidnap the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega at the presidential election results collation centre in Abuja.

Orubebe reacted yesterday to reports in some dailies on Friday, April 17 which alleged that his protest at the collation centre during the presidential election was in line with a plan to have Jega kidnapped.

He described such reports as “slanderous, libelous, derogatory and deliberate attempts” to taint 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.

“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.

“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 papers”.

Orubebe hinted at possible legal action saying he had spoken to his representatives concerning the matter.

“I have directed my lawyer to write ThisDay and stop them from henceforth, desist from further publishing and misleading Nigerians.”

He further accused the paper of flouting the ethics of balance reportage, saying it in clear terms that ‘” was never called nor texted as they claim.”

Recall that Orubebe at the collation center, protested against the abandonment of his petition against underage voting in the North among other complaints against Prof Attahiru Jega before he later tendered an apology to Nigerians for the manner in which he protested.

Confirming his alleged planned legal action, his advocate, Mr. S. Larry (SAN), said, he has already written to alert the paper of Orubebe’s decision to take legal action against them.