The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its reply to the petition filed by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, says that the alleged INEC server figures are false.
Atiku had in his petition challenging the outcome of the February 23 presidential election said that according to results obtained from INEC server, he won the election with over 1.6million votes.
According to INEC however, there was no results in INEC server because the poll were not transmitted or collated electronically.
The electoral commission, through its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), added that INEC had no server where such electronically transmitted results could have been obtained.
Atiku had vehemently rejected the result announced by INEC on February 27, 2019.
INEC had declared the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
Atiku however alleged that data from INEC’s server shows that he got a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who got 16,741,430 votes.
PDP further noted that these are results from 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, as there was no server report from Rivers State as of February 25.
Mr. Chidi Nwafor, the Director of Information and Communications Technology at INEC, in his witness statement denied the alleged server results, saying that all results were manually collated and were never transmitted electronically.
“That the petitioners are claiming that votes recorded at the various polling units were electronically transmitted, and stored in the 1st respondent’s (INEC’s) server.
“That the petitioners are also claiming that based on the server contents, they and not the 2nd and 3rd respondents won the presidential election.
“That these claims of the petitioners are false as I know as a fact that the 2nd respondent was duly elected by majority of the lawful votes cast at the presidential election and scored at least a quarter of the lawful votes cast at the election in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, more than two-thirds of all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
“That the petitioners did not win the majority of the lawful votes cast and did not satisfy the mandatory constitutional requirement to be declared winner having polled 11,262,978 and one quarter of all lawful votes cast in 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as against the 2nd respondent who scored 15,191,847 votes cast and one quarter of the lawful votes cast in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“That the lawful and recognised computation of results is manually done using Electoral Form EC8 series and not the table pleaded by the petitioners given that the said table is not the result collated and declared by the 1st respondent.
“That I know as a fact that the details contained in the table in the paragraph 22 of the petition are inaccurate.
“That I know that mode of transmitting/collating election results is manual, using Forms EC8As, EC8Bs, EC8Cs and EC8Ds and not electronically done.
“That I know that the Manual Technologies 2019 and demonstration videos referred to in paragraph 27 are internal training materials,” Mr. Nwafor said.