Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election, is set to invite Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to authenticate his claim that the servers belonging to the INEC showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari by over 1.6 million votes.
The former Vice President also identified the server where the results are kept as INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 and its unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535.
Atiku said this in while responding to the reply of the Independence Electoral Commission, INEC to his petition.
Atiku and his political party, PDP will also be expected to tender INEC’s training manual on elections, a printout of the votes of candidates from smart card readers and a printout of the forensic audit report on INEC’s server as evidence.
Atiku and PDP claimed to have polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC who he said scored 16,741,430 votes.
However, INEC’s Director, Information and Communications Technology, Mr Chidi Nwafor, in his witness statement on oath attached to the reply, specifically denied the “server results” which the PDP and Atiku were laying claim to.
Mr Chidi Nwafor said all the results were collated manually and were never transmitted electronically.
Meanwhile Atiku, in his fresh response, said the figures he claimed to have scored were genuine.
See Atiku reply:
“The servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the 1st respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the 1st respondent’s Presidential result’s server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019 whose physical address or unique Mac address as 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-70000-0000-AA535. The descriptions are unique to the 1st respondent’s server.”
The PDP and Atiku stated,
“The petitioners will at the trial of this petition rely on experts on Microsoft, IBM and Oracle, amongst others.”
“The spokesperson for the second respondent’s campaign organisation (Keyamo) openly admitted that the data in question was in the first respondent’s server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the IGP and the Director of the Department of State Services asking the security agencies to investigate the second petitioner (the PDP) for allegedly hacking into the server of the first respondent (INEC) and obtaining the data in question.”
“Specifically, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) claimed in the petition that it was the first petitioner (Atiku) who smuggled the data into the server. The petitioners (Atiku and the PDP) hereby plead the said petition to the security agencies and the second respondent is hereby given notice to produce them at hearing.”