The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), former boss, Professor Attahiru Jega, has now disclosed why he maintained calm while a former minister of the Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, disrupted the announcement of the March 28 presidential election results.
This disclosure was made known during an interview with ‘Zero Tolerance’, a quarterly magazine published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Jega said that he and his colleagues vowed to conduct free and fair elections, hence the need for them all to stay calm in the face of provocation by Orubebe.
“So, we were determined to ensure that no matter the provocation we would ensure that the results were tabulated and announced,” he said.
He noted that despite several petitions that were written against him, he remained resolute and unshaken.
Jega said: “No! Anybody who is afraid for his life will not do this kind of job. As you know, they say; ‘Death is a necessary end. It comes when it will come.’
“So, we did our best knowing that God wills, people can drop and die; but as long as we are alive, we will continue to do our best under all circumstances.”
It would be recalled, Orubebe had on March 31, during the collation of results of the presidential election at the international conference centre, led some officials of the Peoples Democratic Party to disrupt the exercise as he accused Jega of being biased.