- James Akinloye, president of the Initiative to Save Democracy, has outlined three reasons why Atiku Abubakar could not defeat President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal
- Akinloye said Atiku’s petition was filled with many contradictions and bashed the former VP for basing his petition on a “non-existent server”
- The analyst finally lambasted the PDP candidate for his belief that President Buhari does not possess the required certificate which would qualify him to run for the nation’s highest office
James Akinloye, president of the Initiative to Save Democracy, has outlined three reasons why Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election, could not defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
In a piece published on Leadership, Akinloye said that Atiku’s petition was filled with many contradictions.
Legit.ng notes that the analyst pointed out that Atiku, a former vice president of Nigeria, had said card readers had showed that he got over 16 million votes; yet, at another point, said that the same card readers were barely used in 11 northern states.
He also chided Atiku for basing his petition on a “non-existent server”; a claim which he referred to as “ridiculous”.
He said: “Firstly, his petition was filled with so many contradictions, that for every claim he made, he made another claim that contradicted the first.
“For instance, in his petition, Atiku said that the card readers used during the election transmitted results that showed he got over 16 million votes. By this, Atiku relied on the optimum working of card readers across the country to establish his claim .
“Yet, the same Atiku, in the same petition said at some point, that the same card readers were barely used in 11 northern states.
“Secondly, he based his petition on a non-existent server. Atiku claimed that INEC had a server where votes were allegedly transmitted through card readers. This is the most ridiculous claim yet, why?
“One, the electoral laws do not provide for electoral transmission of results. Two, because there is no such provision, there was no such transmission by any means.”
According to Akinloye, the only means by which results were collated and tabulated were through paper forms at polling units.
He continued: “Atiku then claimed that card readers were used to transmit votes tabulated. This is foolish because nobody votes on card readers.
“For votes to be transmitted via any device, you would have to have voted the party of your choice on that device. Nobody voted on card readers. The card readers were used before voting to accredit voters.
“Thus, the card readers can only tell you the number of voters and those who voted, but not who they voted for.”
Akinloye finally lambasted the PDP candidate for his belief that President Buhari does not possess the required certificate which would qualify him to run for the nation’s highest office.
He said: “Finally, Atiku believes President Buhari does not have the required certificate to qualify to run for president. Now that is really dumb. How did a man rise to become a general in the Nigerian Army if he did not have a certificate? It simply does not make sense.
“Yet, President Buhari has provided from the records of WAEC and Cambridge, the transcripts of his Senior School Leaving Certificate; that is the West African School Certificate. This is the minimum requirement expected by law.
“His classmates have also come forward to affirm that he indeed, was their classmate and that they sat for these exams together.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerians expressed mixed reactions over the defeat of Atiku Abubakar at the presidential election tribunal.
The tribunal upheld President Muhammadu Buhari's victory at the February 23 presidential election on Wednesday, September 11.
While many were in support of the judgment and sent congratulatory messages to the president, others were not too happy about it.
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