By Godson Ikiebey-
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has insisted that the result from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election.
In his submission to the presidential election tribunal, the former vice president gave the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were obtained.
Based on the result declared by INEC from the 36 states and the FCT, President Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
However in his petition at the tribunal, the PDP candidate claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes.
In its reply to the petition, INEC said the results being paraded by Atiku is fabricated and not from its website.
Responding to INEC’s submission, Atiku and the PDP said address of the server from which the results were obtained are unique to INEC. They said:
“The Servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the first Respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the first Respondent’s Presidential Result’s Server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019, whose Physical Address or unique Mac Address is 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-7000000000-AA535. The above descriptions are unique to the 15t Respondent’s Server.
“There is no conjecture in the votes and scores in the table pleaded by the Petitioners. The figures are factual. The Spokesperson for the 2nd Respondent’s Campaign Organization openly admitted that the data in question was in the first Respondent’s Server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) asking the Security agencies to investigate the 2nd Petitioner herein for allegedly hacking into the Server of the 1st Respondent and obtaining the data in question.
“Specifically, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, the Spokesperson of the 2nd Respondent claimed in the said petition that it was the first Petitioner who smuggled the data into the Server”.
The petitioners also alleged INEC chairman “committed grave errors in the final collation exercise by falsely crediting some persons with political parties including Okotie Christopher, Reverend Dr. Onwubuya and Ojinika Jeff Chinze”.
“The grave errors referred to in paragraphs 4 and 5 above were under the hands and signature of the first Respondent’s Chairman, (who was also the Returning Officer) in the conduct of the final collation of the results of the Presidential Election.
“The Petitioners state that the final results as declared by the first respondent are those that were transmitted online to the website of the first Respondent (www inecnigeria.org)”.