By Godson Ikiebey-
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar is willing to engage experts from Microsoft, IBM and Oracle to verify his claim that the servers belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.
Though INEC’s polling figures from the 36 states and federal capital territory (FCT) showed that President Buhari won the election by polling 15,191,847 votes, Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
However in Atiku’s petition to the tribunal, he alleged that he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes in the presidential election held on February 23, 2019.
Responding to the petition, INEC said the results presented by Atiku was fabricated and not from its website.
But in their response to the INEC’s response, Atiku said the address of the server from which the results were obtained is unique to INEC. Atiku and the PDP 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”.
Punch reports that Atiku and the PDP would rely on the services of some prominent technology companies to argue the case at the presidential election tribunal.
“The petitioners will at the trial of this petition rely on experts on Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, amongst others”.