The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the result released the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, which he claimed to have gotten from the commission’s server.
The electoral commission in its response on Thursday at the tribunal in Abuja distanced itself from an electronic sheet that purportedly contained the genuine results of the presidential election.
Atiku’s legal team submitted the sheet at the tribunal last month, contending it was obtained from an internal compilation of results on INEC’s Internet server.
The team, amongst other submissions, said Atiku won by more than six million votes, but his victory was allegedly suppressed by the commission in favour of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku was derided by supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress after the claim became public. Buhari’s campaign also wrote to the police and the State Security Service to launch a criminal investigation against Abubakar. It accused him of maliciously accessing INEC’s files.
INEC, however, dismissed the claim, saying it “does not share information with such an unclassified entity and any information purportedly derived therefrom which does not accord with the result as declared by INEC is not authentic but rather was invented for the purpose of the tribunal,” according to excerpts of the filings.
In the 291-page response, INEC said it did not transmit results via electronic channels, but used manual collation as stipulated by law.
It, still, did not say whether it collated results from across the country and compiled them on an Internet-enabled computer.
“INEC specifically denies the existence of electronic transmission of results and it is unknown to the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended),” it said.
Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential election with by INEC after he polled about 3.9 million votes.
He will be sworn in for a second term on May 29.