Tribunal: INEC Says Atiku’s Server Results Are Fake
The Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] has stated that the electronic sheet/result presented by the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and its candidate in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal purportedly from its server is fake.
Atiku’s legal team had presented the sheet at the tribunal, claiming it was obtained from an internal compilation of results on INEC’s Internet server.
The team, inter alia, said Atiku won by more than one million, six hundred thousand votes.
It alleged that INEC connived with the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to deprive him of victory.
In a 291-page document, INEC made the assertion in its response to the tribunal in Abuja on Thursday.
It distanced itself from the electronic sheet, saying that PDP/Atiku Abubakar fabricated results to prove their case at the Tribunal.
INEC stated that it “does not share information with such an unclassified entity and any information purportedly derived therefrom which does not accord with the result as declared by INEC is not authentic but rather was invented for the purpose” of the tribunal.
INEC, therefore, contended that the results could not have been authentic as it did not transmit results via electronic channels, rather, through manual collation as stipulated by law.
It also specifically denied the existence of electronic transmission of results and it is unknown to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Ironically, the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation had lent credence to Alhaji Abubakar’s claim when it dragged the PDP candidate to court.
In the suit, the Campaign Organisation asked the court to sanction PDP and Atiku alleging that they hacked into INEC’s server.
It claimed that the opposition party could not have had access to the documents without hacking into the server.
The Buhari’s Campaign Organisation also wrote to the police and the State Security Service to launch a criminal investigation against Abubakar, accusing him of maliciously accessing INEC’s files.
It could be recalled that Buhari was declared winner of the polls with about 3.9 million votes margin.
He will be sworn in next month for a second term on May 29, 2019.