Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), has released further details about the server of the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his claims of his victory
over President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), in the February 23 presidential election.
INEC had declared Buhari winner of the election, saying he polled
15,191,847 to defeat Atiku, who scored 11,262,978 votes. However, Atiku
has since claimed he actually polled 18,356,732 votes to Buhari’s
16,741,430, citing figures from INEC’s server.
In his submission to the Presidential Election Tribunal, the former
Adamawa State Governor-Elect had given the “unique MAC address and
Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were
obtained. INEC, though, said the result being paraded by Abubakar is
fabricated and not from its website.
But responding to the INEC’s submission in a document seen by TheCable,
Abubakar and the PDP said the address of the server from which the results
were obtained is 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,” they 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, Mr. 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 that Professor Mahmood Yakubu, 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
“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).”
While Atiku continues building his case on his access to the INEC server,
the APC has already taken a different course, instead telling the tribunal
Atiku shouldn’t have been eligible to contest the election in the first
place because he was not born a Nigerian but a Cameroonian.