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Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe is a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Ijaw decent in Delta State.
Born on June 6, 1959, Orubebe was appointed Nigerian Minister of Niger Delta Affairs in 2010 when President Goodluck Jonathan (then Acting President) announced his new cabinet.
He is a graduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), obtaining a B.Sc in Political Science in 1985, but later obtained a Masters Degree in International Relations from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, in 2005.
Orubebe became a Supervisory Councilor, and later Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area. In July 2007 under the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, he was appointed a Minister of Special Duties. Read More →
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The United States government appears set to sanction Nigeria’s first lady, Patience Jonathan, a former Niger Delta minister, Godsday Orubebe, and the governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, and other Nigerians accused of either disrupting the just concluded elections, or instigating violence.
The U.S. said Monday that it will impose visa restrictions on any Nigerian found to have incited violence or interfered with the electoral process.
The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said in a statement that the U.S. will shut its doors on people involved in any form of violence during the polls. Read More →
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By Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The United States President Barack Obama has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for placing the interest of Nigeria first by conceding the presidential elections and congratulating his opponent, Muhammad Buhari on his victory.
“I look forward to working with President Jonathan throughout the remainder of his term, and I thank him for his many years of service and his statesmanlike conduct at this critical juncture,“ Obama said in a statement on Wednesday.
He urged Jonathan and Buhari to repeat their calls to their supporters to continue to respect the outcomes of the elections, to focus on unifying the country, and together lead Nigeria through a peaceful transition.
“The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles. By turning out in large numbers and sometimes waiting all day to cast their votes, Nigerians came together to decide the future of their country peacefully,” Obama said. Read More →
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By Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party has said it will challenge the outcome of the March 28 presidential election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, through its Chairman and Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday morning, declared Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the election. Read More →
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By Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The national headquarters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party wore a mournful look on Tuesday following the defeat of its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.).
Signs that the party was not favoured to win the elections had earlier emerged on Monday when most of the employees of the party failed to turn up for duty.
Its Staff Park, located close to the national secretariat at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, which was usually full of cars by its employees, was devoid of the usual vehicular traffic.
Also, only a handful of the majority of the security guards, who are made up of policemen, civil defence corps and private guards, were at their duty posts.
On Tuesday, as the results were being announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, employees of the party gathered to discuss its possible outcome.
“We have squandered our goodwill,” one of the members of the National Working Committee of the party told our correspondent in confidence.
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By Ade Adesomoju
Godsday Orubebe’s profile on Wikipedia just got updated that he attempted to disrupt 2015 general election result announcement on March 31.
Orubebe, the agent of the Peoples Democratic Party at the announcement of the presidential election in Abuja, had called for the stoppage of the presentation of the results on Tuesday. Read More →
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