Politics

PDP accuses INEC of replacing servers in its headquarters

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of replacing all its servers to conceal rigging.

Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, stated this on Monday while speaking to journalists in Abuja.

The PDP alleged that INEC was replacing all the servers in its national headquarters and in all the states of the federation.

According to the PDP spokesman, INEC was trying to delete the actual presidential election results transmitted from the polling centres across Nigeria.

“The PDP has been well briefed on how the INEC leadership and officials of the Buhari Presidency became jittery and resorted to the desperate measure, after they realised that the servers have information of Atiku Abubakar’s victory at the election.

“Our party also has details of how the INEC leadership and the Presidency agents procured and detailed computer experts to the commission’s offices to switch the servers, mutilate vital information in the system and attempt to erase all trails of transmitted results to the main server.

“Moreover, our party has been informed about how the INEC leadership, several weeks after the election, used some compromised officials of the commission to manipulate voter registers in some states by ticking names of individuals who did not participate in the presidential election, as having voted.

“This was with the view to using such to cover the fictitious results it wrote for the APC.”

The PDP spokesman however said that INEC and the President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency did not understand that the computer software and applications left traces, signatures as well as footmark.

He further revealed that a forensic investigation of the system would reveal the real votes transmitted from polling units across the nation.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP, had rejected the result announced by INEC, saying that he would reclaim his mandate in court.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the President Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the President Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

He proceeded to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the outcome of the February 23 presidential poll which he said he won by over 1.6million votes.

Atiku noted that according to results transmitted from polling units across the nation to INEC’s central server, he got about 18million votes, while Buhari got 16million votes.

INEC however denied knowledge of any server, saying that all results were collated manually and not electronically.

Consequently, Atiku vowed to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to check INEC server and prove his case.

INEC’s response

Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, however denied the recent allegations, saying that the commission would not respond to the latest accusation because the matter was already in court.

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