On Monday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presented 48 video clips as part of its evidence in the ongoing trial at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
In one of the video evidence, Mr. Mike Igini, the Independent National Electoral Commission Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa-Ibom State, was seen in an interview aired on Channels TV during the build-up of the 2019 General Elections, saying that the polls would be transmitted to a central server.
The PDP and Atiku had vehemently rejected the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2019 election.
According to Atiku and his party, he (Atiku) won the presidential poll with over 1.6million votes based on results he obtained from INEC central server.
INEC had however since denied the existence of such server, saying that 2019 election results were neither collated nor transmitted electronically. The electoral umpire further noted that the use of a central server for the conduct of the general election is not yet permitted by the Electoral Act.
Naija Buzz News had few weeks ago reported how the PEPT had in its ruling dismissed PDP’s and Atiku’s request to inspect INEC server. According to the PEPT, granting such request would mean it had ruled that the server actually existed.
The video evidence however shows the INEC top official saying that 2019 results would be collated at polling units and then transferred to the card reader and eventually transmitted to a central server.
“The results declared at the polling units will then be sent directly to the INEC central server,” Igini said in the video clip which was played at the PEPT on Monday.
Naija Buzz News reported how several INEC officials in the 2019 general elections including Presiding Officers, testified that results were transmitted to a central server as instructed by INEC.
Mr. Segun Showunmi, Atiku’s Presidential Campaign spokesman, was cross-examined based on the video evidence played at the PEPT.
Apart from the video showing Mr. Igini, another video showing Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of INEC, speaking about the server was presented at the court.
In the video, the INEC chairman said; “we hope to establish a new platform for electronic collation and transmission of results.”
The PDP further presented another video showing AFEX Nigeria training INEC Ad-hoc staff on how to electronically transmit results to a central server.
Alex Izinyon (SAN), one of President Buhari’s lawyers, attempted to present a video clip dated February 6 which showed that Prof. Yakubu only based his statement on the transmission of the results to the signing of the amended Electoral Act.
Atiku’s legal team however refused to allow him to use their system to play the video. Consequently, Alex filed an oral application for adjournment to allow his team bring their system to present the video.
Atiku says Buhari is not qualified to be President
In another video presented before the PEPT, Atiku and the PDP challenged the eligibility of President Buhari to contest the election.
In the video aired by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Nigerian Army had revealed that Buhari had no copy of his 1961 West African Examination Council results in his personal file with the military.
Consequently, Atiku and PDP alleged that Buhari lied on oath about his educational qualification.
The hearing was adjourned to July 16 by the Chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.