- Orubebe apologised for outburst at Election Results’ Collation Centre
- Buhari, Osinbajo received Certificate of Return from INEC
According to Marcus Tullius Cicero, history is indeed the witness of the times, the light of truth.
When we tell our stories, we must do it bravely and mindfully apply the knowledge gained from prior encounters. In order to form fresh opinions and meticulously document the past, we must also take note of the past.
WITHIN NIGERIA highlighted two significant events that occured on April 1 in the history of the country, Nigeria.
Orubebe apologised for outburst at Election Results’ Collation Centre
On this day, April 1 in 2015, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe. apologised for the outburst he expressed while the collation of Nigeria’s presidential election results was on-going at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
Mr Orubebe had accused the Chairman of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega of being ” tribalistic, selective and partial” in dealing with issues of irregularities raised during the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said his action was as a result of frustration, triggered by alleged refusal of the INEC to take his party’s petition.
Apologies to fellow Nigerians
“My colleague came here and approached him gently about the petition and he told my colleague to go and give it to his secretary.
“We were surprised that yesterday, the secretary came and threw the paper at my colleague and the chairman said that he was not going to take the petition. So we were wondering that, in a position that we are talking about providing the best for the people of this country, what we expect from the commission is fair and equal treatment for any political party,” Mr Orubebe said.
Buhari, Osinbajo received ‘Certificates of Return’ from INEC as President-elect and Vice-President-elect
On this day, April 1 in 2015, Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari issued a Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, handed the certificate to Mr. Buhari, and the vice president-elect, Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr. Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in the presidential election held Saturday.
Speaking after receiving the certificate, Mr. Buhari said “Change has finally come” to Nigeria.
He said Nigeria’s “long night has passed”.