Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, has insisted that the result from the server of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, affirms that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the recently concluded general polls, Channels Television reports.
The former vice president stated this in his submission to the presidential election tribunal noted the Unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server where he and the PDP obtained the results.
Atiku Abubakar in his petition submitted at the tribunal claimed he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes.
This is in contrast to the result declared by INEC from the 36 states and FCT, showing that Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
In response to Atiku’s claim, INEC had that the results being paraded by Abubakar are fabricated and not from its website. However, Atiku in his response to the INEC’s submission, a copy of which was obtained by Channels Television, said the address of the server from which the results were obtained are unique to INEC.
The statement read, “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 1st respondent’s server.
“There is no conjecture in the votes and scores in the table pleaded by the petitioners. The figures are factual.
“Spokesperson for the 2nd respondent’s Campaign Organisation 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 Director General of 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 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.
“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).”
Meanwhile, Atiku has dismissed as “total fabrication” an allegation suggesting that he spent $30,000 to hire a US lobby group to persuade the US Congress to stop the inauguration of President Buhari.
Atiku denied the claim in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Paul Ibe.
The former vice president said that the allegation was instigated by the Buhari campaign.
Reacting to what he calls “shameless lies”, Atiku’s Media Adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, said the latest dirty propaganda against the former Vice President “didn’t come as a surprise to us because lying has so far become their only bragging rights of competence.”