The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) appears to be giving credence to the damaging allegation by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the electoral body aided the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to rigged President Muhammadu Buhari to continued in office beyond 2019.
The unrelenting PDP has alerted Nigerians that INEC ‘’is now replacing all the servers in its headquarters and offices in all states of the federation and Abuja, in a desperate bid to obliterate the actual Presidential election results transmitted from the polling centers across the nation’’.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement on Monday, ‘’this is completely reprehensible and further exposes the culpability of INEC in the manipulation and rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.’’
The PDP, according to him, has been well briefed on how the INEC leadership and officials of the Buhari Presidency became allegedly 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’’, Ologbondiyan said.
Continuing, he added, ‘’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 is with the view to using such to cover the fictitious results it wrote for the APC.
‘’What INEC and the Buhari Presidency do not understand is that computer software and applications leave traces, signatures as well as footmark. Forensic investigation of the system will reveal the real votes transmitted from the polling centers, which show Atiku Abubakar as the winner of the election’’.
The opposition party is therefore, insisting on forensic examination of all relevant documents and equipment used for the Presidential election, promising that they will continue to be at alert as ‘’we stand with Nigerians to reclaim our stolen mandate at the tribunal and no amount of manipulations by INEC will detract from this national resolve.’’