Peter Obi, Atiku Abubakar’s running mate in the 2019 presidential election, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will compel Nigeria’s electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to produce the results from its server at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Speaking in Atani, Ogbaru area of Anambra state, Obi insisted his party won the February 23 election.
He said, “INEC must provide the server they used for the election because they know they used the server for the election and must provide it.”
Concise News reports that Atiku and his party had asked the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja to compel INEC to grant them access to the server and smart card readers used in the conduct of the election.
However, counsel to INEC, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), in a counter affidavit on Thursday, June 13, asked the court to dismiss the application as INEC said it had no server where election results were uploaded.
Similarly, the commissions’s National Commissioner in charge of Southwest, Solomon Soyebi, said on Monday that “We used the Federal Constitution of the Federal Republic, we used the Electoral Act and we used our own guidelines for 2019,” saying that the server was not used due to circumstances beyond the electoral body’s control.
INEC had announced President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election with 15,191,847 votes with Atiku getting 11, 262,978.
But Atiku and the PDP, this news medium understands, had claimed that results from the INEC server showed that he scored 18,356,732 as against Buhari’s 16,741,430 votes.