- Atiku has insisted result from INEC server shows he defeated President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election
- The PDP candidate gave the presidential election tribunal the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” where he reportedly got the result from
- Atiku and his party added that APC's spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, admitted the result was gotten from INEC server by claiming that the opposition party hacked INEC website
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has reportedly insisted the result from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election.
The PDP presidential candidate in his submission to the presidential election tribunal in Abuja gave the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were allegedly obtained.
Recall that INEC declared President Buhari the winner of the 2019 presidential election. The result declared by INEC from the 36 states and the FCT, showed the president polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
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However, in his petition Atiku claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes.
Filing its response to Atiku's petition, INEC dismissed the PDP presidential candidate's results, saying it is fabricated and not from its website.
Responding to INEC's statement, Atiku insisted the address of the server from which the results were obtained are unique to INEC.
“The Servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the first Respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the first Respondent’s Presidential Result’s Server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019, whose Physical Address or unique Mac Address is 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-7000000000-AA535. The above descriptions are unique to the 15t Respondent’s Server,” Atiku and his party said.
“There is no conjecture in the votes and scores in the table pleaded by the Petitioners. The figures are factual. The spokesperson for the 2nd Respondent’s Campaign Organization openly admitted that the data in question was in the first Respondent’s Server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) asking the Security agencies to investigate the 2nd Petitioner herein for allegedly hacking into the Server of the 1St Respondent and obtaining the data in question.
“Specifically, Festus Keyamo, SAN, the spokesperson of the 2nd Respondent claimed in the said petition that it was the first Petitioner who smuggled the data into the Server.”
Atiku and the PDP also alleged the INEC chairman “committed grave errors in the final collation exercise” for the election by “falsely crediting” some persons with political parties, including “Okotie Christopher, Reverend Dr Onwubuya and Ojinika Jeff Chinze.”
“The grave errors referred to in paragraphs 4 and 5 above were under the hands and signature of the first Respondent’s Chairman, (who was also the Returning Officer) in the conduct of the final collation of the results of the Presidential Election,” they added.
“The Petitioners state that the final results as declared by the first respondent are those that were transmitted online to the website of the first Respondent (www inecnigeria.org).”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that APC filed a motion at the tribunal saying Atiku has no right to challenge the result of the election as he is not a Nigerian.
The ruling party said Atiku’s case lacked merit as he was a Cameroonian and therefore has no right to stand for election.
The lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi faulted the candidacy of Atiku saying he was ineligible to participate in the election in the first instance. He said Atiku was born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa, in Northern Cameroon and is, therefore, a citizen of Cameroon and not a Nigerian by birth.
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