Concise News learned that Jega was quoted as saying the INEC server existed and is ‘functional’, even in his own time.
The professor of politics was also quoted as saying that election results were transmitted electronically ‘during his time.’
“INEC server exist and it is functional. Let’s call a spade a spade. I was once INEC chairman and results were transmitted electronically during my time,” he was quoted as saying in one of the viral tweets.
The statement drew comments from Nigerians who questioned the current chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for the commission’s claim it had no server for the 2019 general elections.
However, in an exclusive text message to Premium Times through an associate, Jega denied making such ‘reckless’ statement.
He noted that the commission under his watch did not, at any time, transmit results electronically.
“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.
“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said. I have never said this. It is a repugnant lie,” Jega said.