Atiku’s Server Results fake, gotten from, not INEC Site —expert witness tells Tribunal

Mr. David Njoga, an IT expert called by the People Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr. Atiku Abubakar to testify before the presidential tribunal has told the trial judges that Atiku sever claim is fake.

Njoga, who is a witness number 59, told the tribunal that the results were published on website, and was lifted from there.

He has since dismissed the result as fake and not authentic.

Njoga during cross-examination said he analyzed the results of the election obtained from INEC’s server and published on a website,

He said the website was created on March 12, 2019, and does not belong to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Njoga told the Tribunal that he never at any time worked with INEC.

He, however, admitted that information on the website is from INEC official, but said he does not know who the person is, describing the official as a whistleblower.”

Asked if he knew the whistle-blower he said “No”.

Asked if the whistleblower was a robot, he said, “My lords, robots do not create websites.”

Worse still, 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 says 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 to 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 is 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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