Nigeria’s main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says the INEC server allegation levelled against it by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) suggests that the party is worried it would lose in court.
The APC had called for the arrest and investigation of the PDP leadership and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over their alleged access to the server of INEC.
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.
But Atiku has since rejected the outcome of the election, claiming that the results were manipulated by INEC to favour Buhari.
Atiku had claimed that he defeated Buhari by about 1.6million votes from the information he got from INEC’s server.
Reacting to the APC allegations against his party, spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, asked the APC to stop “their unnecessary fabrications, smear campaign and prepare to face its legal team at the Presidential election tribunal.”
According to PDP, President Buhari and his party are overweighed by the “burden of illegitimacy”.
“By resorting to shadow-boxing outside the tribunal, President Buhari and the APC have shown that they have no defence to present to the court against PDP’s submission that they stole our mandate,” he said.
“It is even more appalling that Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a member of Buhari’s legal team, who should know better, would engage in this act of subjudice designed to distort facts already known to Nigerians, that our Presidential Candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, clearly won the February 23 Presidential election.”