Tribunal:INEC Officials ready to testify in Atiku favour, say they transmitted elections result to server

Over 12 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have declared their intention to testify in favour of Mr. Atiku Abubakar, the People Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for 2019 presidential candidate at the election Tribunal.

They have admitted under oath that they transmitted results electronically.

Abubakar, who is challenging the outcome of the 2019 presidential election has told the Tribunal that he has evidence of the INEC server showing he defeated Mr. Muhammadu  Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the election.

Abubakar say the results on the INEC server showed he scored 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, whom he claimed polled 16,741,430 votes.

The PDP candidate has provided unique identification information of computers that  belong to INEC, that were used for the election exercise.

He has however said he will be bringing experts from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle to prove and authentic his claim.

INEC had earlier denier Abubakar claims saying it never operated any server during the elections.

The commission said, electoral law does not allow it undertake any electronic transmission, it has since accused Abubakar of circulating fake results.

APC had threatened to arrest and prosecute Atiku for hacking into INEC server illegally.

Abubakar in his determination to prove his case beyond doubt,  has  attached affidavits from 12 officials who worked for INEC during the elections.

The officials said they worked for INEC during the polls as presiding officers and assistant presiding officers in Borno and Yobe states.

They say INEC adequately trained them on how to transmit election results to the commission server.

Although their identity are yet to be known, a close ally to the PDP candidate say their identity will be known at the Tribunal when they will come to testify.

“We were specifically instructed that the use of the smart card reader for accreditation, verification, authentication, collation
and transmission of results is mandatory and that any election conducted without the use of the smart card reader would be invalid”, one them said.

One of the officials said he participated in the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

He said he served as the presiding officer (PO) and made use of the smart card reader for accreditation, verification, authentication, collation and transmission of votes in his polling unit.

“At the end of voting, the information on the smart card reader, the results inclusive were collated  in the presence of the party agents and other ad-hoc staff of the 1st respondent after which my assistant presiding officer (AP0-1) transmitted the result electronically in my presence to INEC’s server using the smart card reader and the code provided by the commission”, he said.

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