The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of replacing all the servers in its national headquarters in Abuja and offices in all the 36 states of the federation in a bid to obliterate the “actual result” of the February 23 presidential election, Daily Trust reports.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the allegations in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja. He said the commission’s action was aimed at deleting the actual presidential election results transmitted from the polling centres across the country.
He said the action further exposed the culpability of INEC in the manipulation of the 2019 presidential election.
“The PDP has been well briefed on how the INEC leadership and officials of the Buhari Presidency became jittery and resorted to the desperate measure, after they realised that the servers have information of Atiku Abubakar’s victory at the election.
“Our party also has details of how the INEC leadership and the Presidency agents procured and detailed computer experts to the commission’s offices to switch the servers, mutilate vital information in the system and attempt to erase all trails of transmitted results to the main server.
“Moreover, our party has been informed about how the INEC leadership, several weeks after the election, used some compromised officials of the commission to manipulate voter registers in some states by ticking names of individuals who did not participate in the presidential election, as having voted. This was with the view to using such to cover the fictitious results it wrote for the APC.”
The PDP spokesman said what INEC and the Buhari Presidency did not understand was that computer software and applications left traces, signatures as well as footmark. He said a forensic investigation of the system would reveal the real votes transmitted from the polling centres, which he claimed, showed the PDP’s presidential candidate as the winner of the election.
But INEC’s Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, has denied the allegations. Osaze-Uzzi said since the matter was in court, the PDP knew what to do if it felt its claims were true. “We deny the allegations. Since the matter is in court, we will not talk more about it. “They know what to do if they feel their allegations are correct,” he said.