Emerging report have surfaced on the March 31 attempt by a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, to thwart the announcement of the March 28 presidential election results.
According to Reuters report on Thursday, the main part of Orubebe’s action was a plot to use hired thugs to kidnap the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and consequently stall the electoral process.
The news agency quoted unnamed pro-democracy advocates and a Nigeria-based diplomat as saying that one of Jega’s aides unearthed the plot.
It was learnt that the aide had sent a text message to an independent voting monitor, “warning of an imminent threat to the electoral process.”
Reuters said it pieced the information together from the text message, events on the ground during the announcement of the results and interviews with pro-democracy advocates and diplomats in Abuja.