BY IFREKE INYANG
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has acknowledged that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) inside the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, fabricated the votes he claimed to have scored.
Atiku, in his petition sooner than the presidential election tribunal, had claimed he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.
He acknowledged information from INEC server confirmed that he polled an entire of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he acknowledged had 16,741,430 votes. However, INEC’s polling figures from the 36 states and the FCT gave Buhari 15,191,847 votes, whereas Atiku bought right here second with 11,262,978 votes. In its response as the first respondent inside the case, INEC disowned the figures from Atiku. On internet web page eight of its 80-page reply seen by TheCable, INEC acknowledged: “Further to the foregoing, the website online described as www.factsdontlieng.comwww.factsdontlieng.com was neither created nor owned by the primary Respondent (INEC).
It is a website online not acknowledged to the primary Respondent. “The 1st Respondent doesn’t share data with such an unclassified entity and any data purportedly derived therefrom which doesn’t accord with the outcome as declared by the first Respondent isn’t genuine however somewhat was invented for the aim of this case.” INEC moreover insisted it did not transmit outcomes electronically, thereby rejecting Atiku’s claims that the figures had been derived from its server.
It acknowledged: “The 1st Respondent (INEC) did not undertake digital transmission or collation of ends in the conduct of the election, voting by digital means not having been adopted as a provision of the Electoral Act.
The 1st Respondent notably denies the existence of digital transmission of outcomes because it’s unknown to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of the elections, 2019, and put the Petitioners to the strictest of proof