The major opposition party in Nigeria, PDP, has said the confirmation of INEC presiding officers in Borno and Yobe State that the commission sent the result of the Presidential election to its server is a vindication of the stand of the party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar said that the polls were rigged in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is even as the party insists that more confessions are imminent, noting that the wheel of justice will turn the tide in favour of the former Vice President.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi said Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for Atiku at the polls even as he accused INEC of manipulating the results in favour of the President Buhari, according to Vanguard
He said: “Nigerians should wait for more exposure of how INEC won the election for Buhari. Unfortunately for them, Atiku and indeed PDP were more than prepared for the election.
“While we were campaigning moving from one state to the other, APC and INEC were planning how to rig the election knowing full well that Nigerians had rejected them.
“Evidence that APC was going to lose were reflected in the empty crowd at their campaign venues. In anticipation of the fact that they were going to rig, PDP did the needful of policing the election thoroughly and the result of our diligent monitoring are what we will produce as evidence at the Tribunal. Our hope is in the judiciary and we believe that Atiku Abubakar’s mandate will be restored very soon.”
Former Vice Atiku Abubakar is currently challenging the declaration of Buhari as the winner of the polls, insisting that results he obtained from INEC server showed that he won the election.
An election expert and director at one of the main election observer groups told PREMIUM TIMES some results were transmitted via the smart card readers, but were only designed to aggregate results from across the country.
“There were some polling units whose card readers were used to transmit results on election day for aggregation,” the expert said under anonymity because of his closeness to the commission and also to avoid publicly commenting on a matter already in court.
He suggested that INEC’s outright denial of electronic transmission of results could be because neither the electoral law nor its guidelines made provisions for electronic transmission of results.
“The law and the guidelines allowed only manual transmission in all the stages of the results collation,” the expert said. “That may be why the commission decided to deny using electronic means for its own internal compilation.”
He said only the court could hold INEC responsible for any discrepancy in its internal results and what the commission declared to the public.
Source: Naija News