Server Controversy: PDP presents video evidence

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC resident electoral commissioner in Akwa-Ibom State, Mr. Mike Igini was seen on Monday in a video clip aired at the presidential election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja saying that election results from the 2019 polls would be transmitted to a central server.

The video in which he spoke was presented by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the hearing of the party’s petition challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The video clip was apparently aired on Channels Television before the conduct of the 2019 elections. It was intended to prove an allegation by the PDP that INEC had used a central server for the collation of results.

In the video, Mr Igini explained that the results would be collated at the various polling units into the form EC8A after which the collated results would then be transferred to the card reader and “transmitted to the central server.”

“The results declared at the polling units will then be sent directly to the INEC central server,” Mr Igini said in the video clip.

The video clip was aired by the PDP after the party docked its star witness, Segun Showunmi who is the spokesperson for the PDP presidential campaign. Thereafter, he was then cross-examined based on the information in the video.

During the cross-examination, Showunmi confirmed that Igini was not a spokesperson for the party.

Recall that the PDP had requested to inspect the INEC servers after alleging that details of election results were manipulated by the commission to favour President Buhari.

The election tribunal denied Abubakar’s request to inspect INEC’s server last month, saying granting such an order would presuppose that the court had ruled that the server actually existed.

The court deferred pronouncement on the server until a proper argument has been made by both teams in the substantive petition, which entered its seventh day of hearing on Monday.

Similarly, INEC had said it did not use a central server for the conduct of the election, saying doing so would have contradicted the Electoral Act.

However in a second video, the PDP showed the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu “expressing hope” that they will transmit results to a central server during the elections.

“We hope to establish a new platform for electronic collation and transmission of results,” Yakubu was heard saying in the second video.

When asked if the statement made by Yakubu regarding the electronic collation of results was “merely an expression of hope,” Showunmi responded in the affirmative

The PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had earlier called INEC presiding officers as witnesses who testified that they did send results to a central server as directed.

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