In his quest to reclaim his “stolen mandate,” the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February election, Atiku Abubakar, is set to call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to validate his claim that the servers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that he won the presidential election, defeating President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by over 1.6 million votes.
Mr. Atiku said this in fresh response to the reply of INEC to his petition, identifying the server where the results are kept as INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 and its unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535.
He and his party, PDP, will further tender INEC’s training manual on elections, a printout of the votes of candidates from smart card readers and a printout of the forensic audit report on INEC’s server as evidence.
The PDP candidate claims he polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Mr. Buhari.
The response partly read, “The servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the 1st respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the 1st respondent’s Presidential result’s server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 whose physical address or unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535. The descriptions are unique to the 1st respondent’s server.
“The petitioners will at the trial of this petition rely on experts on Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, amongst others.
“The spokesperson for the second respondent’s campaign organisation (Keyamo) openly admitted that the data in question was in the first respondent’s server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the IGP and the Director of the Department of State Services asking the security agencies to investigate the second petitioner (the PDP) for allegedly hacking into the server of the first respondent (INEC) and obtaining the data in question.
“Specifically, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) claimed in the petition that it was the first petitioner (Atiku) who smuggled the data into the server. The petitioners (Atiku and the PDP) hereby plead the said petition to the security agencies and the second respondent is hereby given notice to produce them at hearing.”
INEC’s claim that the transmission of results was purely manual was a lie, the former vice president said, making references to several press statements issued by INEC insisting that there would be an electronic component of results collation.
According to him, there was nothing in the Electoral Act that barred INEC from transmitting results electronically.
INEC also lied when it claimed that its directive on election day was that card readers should only be used in areas where they worked, Atiku and PDP stated.
“The petitioners shall at trial lead evidence to show that the first respondent (INEC) stated on several occasions before and after the elections that the use of card readers was compulsory.”
The petitioners also accused INEC Chairman and Returning Officer, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, of committing grave errors in the final collation of the presidential results, saying he intentionally announced wrong figures for wrong political parties.
According to the petitioners, in Form EC8E INEC falsely credited Rev. Chris Okotie (Presidential candidate of the Fresh Democratic Party) with a wrong political party and wrong scores. And that the INEC boss also falsely credited Rev. Onwubuya Abraham (presidential candidate of Freedom and Justice Party) with a wrong political party and wrong scores.
The INEC chairman was likewise accused of falsely crediting Ojinika Chizee (presidential candidate of the Coalition for Change) and Abah Elaigwu (Change Advocacy Party) with the wrong scores and wrong political parties.
Meanwhile, INEC’s Director, Information and Communications Technology, Mr Chidi Nwafor, had in his witness statement on oath attached to the reply, specifically denied the “server results” which the PDP and Atiku were laying claim to.
He said all the results were collated manually and were never transmitted electronically.