El-Rufai Reveals 'How Atiku Won Votes In Kaduna' During Presidential Election
Atiku Abubakar

Kaduna governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that Atiku Abubakar won the February 23 presidential election in the state through ‘Atiku server.’

El-Rufai stated this against the backdrop of claims by the former vice president, who ran for presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that he scored the highest votes in the northwest state.

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Nigeria’s electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had on 27 February declared President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the winner of the election.

After the collation of results from Nigeria’s 36 states and the country’s capital, INEC declared that Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku who got 11,262,978 votes.

The commission had earlier declared Buhari’s APC the winner of the contest in Kaduna state.

According to the commission, Buhari polled 993,445 votes, while Atiku got 649,612.

But Atiku has since rejected the outcome of the election, claiming that the results were manipulated by INEC to favour Buhari.

And speaking with newsmen on Friday, March 23, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, El-Rufai, reacting to Atiku’s claims that he won in Kaduna, said: “Well, I heard about that. Initially, I thought it was a joke but when I checked I saw clearly that he said he won Kaduna. It must be in his dreams.”

The governor, who visited President Buhari on Friday, said Atiku lost very badly in Kaduna.

He said: “Let me say this without any fear of contradiction since President Buhari started contesting for the presidency since 2003, he has never lost Kaduna. So, PDP has never won elections in Kaduna from 2003, even with a sitting governor in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015. It has never happened. I don’t know what will happen that Atiku will win Kaduna in this election this time. He lost Kaduna, he lost very badly, even though about 100,000 votes he claimed to have got were added because elections conducted without card reader in some parts of the state, that’s how he even got up to the 400,000 that he got.”

When reminded that the results were from INEC server, El-Rufai said: “Well, I don’t know about INEC server; it must be Atiku’s server. I don’t know about INEC server, we don’t know how they had access to it; they will tell us during the tribunal proceedings what is this server and how they got access to it and how they got their numbers.”