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Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts as witnesses to prove INEC results, says results are genuine

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will call Microsoft, Oracle and IBM experts as witnesses to authenticate his claim that the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 presidential election.

Atiku revealed this in his response to the reply of INEC regarding his petition.

INEC had stated that Atiku’s alleged server results were fake as no server was used to collate results. According to INEC, results were collated manually and not electronically.

The former Vice President however provided details of the server where INEC kept the result s INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 and its unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535.

Also, the PDP will tender INEC’s training manual on elections, a printout of candidates votes from smart card readers and a printout of forensic audit report on INEC’s server as evidence.

Atiku had vehemently rejected the result announced by INEC which was in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that he got a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari who got 16,741,430 votes.

The PDP candidate noted that contrary to what INEC said, the INEC server figures were genuine in his recent statement.

“The servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the 1st respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the 1st respondent’s Presidential result’s server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 whose physical address or unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535. The descriptions are unique to the 1st respondent’s server.”

Atiku further noted that to prove the INEC results were true, he would; “rely on experts on Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, amongst others.”

PDP also alleged that according to Mr. Festus Keyamo’s statement regarding Atiku’s petition, he unconsciously attested to the fact that the election data was in INEC’s servers when he wrote the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) calling for Atiku’s arrest.

“The spokesperson for the second respondent’s campaign organisation (Keyamo) openly admitted that the data in question was in the first respondent’s server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the IGP and the Director of the Department of State Services asking the security agencies to investigate the second petitioner (the PDP) for allegedly hacking into the server of the first respondent (INEC) and obtaining the data in question.

“Specifically, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) claimed in the petition that it was the first petitioner (Atiku) who smuggled the data into the server. The petitioners (Atiku and the PDP) hereby plead the said petition to the security agencies and the second respondent is hereby given notice to produce them at hearing.”

The opposition party further noted that that the claim by the electoral commission that the results were collated manually was a lie, adding that several INEC’s press statements revealed that there would be an electronic component of results collation.

PDP and Atiku further said that INEC lied again by claiming that its directive was that card readers should only be used in areas where they worked.

“The petitioners shall at trial lead evidence to show that the first respondent (INEC) stated on several occasions before and after the elections that the use of card readers was compulsory.”

Regarding INEC’s claim that Atiku’s lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), was not licensed to practise law in Nigeria, PDP said; Mr. Uzoukwu was called to bar in 1982 and was the attorney-general of Imo State from 1994 to 1996.

Atiku further revealed some errors committed by the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during the final collation of the presidential results.

According to Atiku, Prof. Yakubu announced wrong figures for wrong candidates and political parties.

For instance, Atiku said that he falsely credited Rev. Chris Okotie of the Fresh Democratic Party with wrong political party and wrong scores and also Rev. Onwubuya Abraham of the Freedom Justice Party with wrong political party and wrong scores, amongst other related errors too.

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