|Atiku VS INEC|
The battle is getting hotter as more news are coming out regarding the 2019 February 23rd presidential election.
It not a new thing that the PDP Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate for the 2019 Presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, filed his petition earlier in the week challenging the election outcome, having claimed that he secured maximum win in almost every state in the country.
According to the petition filed, Abubakar is laying claim to Kogi, Kaduna, Gombe and Niger states as the states where he had maximum votes and that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had committed a great blunder while presenting results from the commission’s server.
|Buhari and Atiku|
In his petition, the PDP candidate claimed that from the INEC server, in the state to state computation, he polled 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Buhari, whom he said scored 16,741,430 votes with a margin of 1,615,302 votes.
He also disclosed that Buhari did not win in 19 states as claimed by INEC but in 15 states while he won in 21 states unlike the 17 given to him by INEC.
In a swift reaction to Abubakar’s claim, INEC has stated that it would meet Abubakar in court, as it demanded an explanation into how he had access to its server.
The commission also said it would not join issues with politicians, especially the All Progressives Congress (APC) over allegations that some PDP agents made some failed attempts, before the postponement of the Presidential elections, to hack the INEC database.
“The commission will not join issues with political parties. The allegation made by the APC is the figment of its imagination”, INEC said.
Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Prof. Yakubu, the INEC’s chairman, made this known during an interview with newsmen.
Oyekanmi, who deflected most of the questions posed by the newsmen responded with the refrain, “the matter is in court and so no comments.”
|PDP vs INEC|
He, however, said INEC would meet Atiku in court for him to disclose how he had access to its server and made the claims that he got over 1.6 million votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
Since this matter has become a subject of litigation, INEC will not comment on it or join issues with the PDP candidate. He (Atiku) has gone to court, we will meet him there”, Oyekanmi stressed.
He also responded to calls by the PDP and its candidate for the nullification of the presidential poll over alleged widespread irregularity and criticisms from local and international observers, including the United States ex-envoy to Nigeria.
“I do not agree with your notion that local and international observers discredited the 2019 general elections. On the contrary, the observers accredited by INEC affirmed the credibility of the 2019 polls, but noted some challenges. As far as INEC is concerned, the elections were largely free, fair and credible”, he stated.
Source: The Punch