Am In The Village, I Will Reply Buhari When I Come Back – Orubebe
A former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe has said he is bidding his time to respond to the jibe aimed at him last week by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking at this year’s Democracy Day lecture in Abuja, Buhari said he wished Orubebe was in the audience to listen to former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, who was the guest lecturer.
“Here, I must digress and raise an observation about the programme organizers because I did not see Mr. Orubebe who ought to have come and listen to Professor Jega deliver his lecture; this is a major observation.
“That instance, for those of us who were lucky that there was light and we had the television to see the confrontation between Orubebe and Prof Jega, it will remain a life impression to many of us,” Buhari added, in reference the attempt by Orubebe to disrupt the announcement of the result of that year’s presidential election.
In the glare of the world, Orubebe, who was ex-President Jonathan’s agent during that year’s presidential election, abruptly stood up to Jega while the results were being broadcast live, and accused him of partiality.
The intervention of the then President Goodluck Jonathan, by conceding defeat, saved what could have been an explosive situation.
In a chat with TheNation, then former minister said he would soon send his reply to Buhari, as he did not want certain thoughts to disturb his idyllic stay in the village at the moment.
“I am in the village. When I come back, I am going to talk to the press,” he said
“I’m going to send him a good reply but not here, not now.”
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