The presidential election petition tribunal has said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 election, has failed to show that results were indeed transmitted via an electronic server said to be owned by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Atiku had claimed results from INEC’s server showed that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the election. He claimed he garnered a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari, who, according to him, polled 16,741,430 votes.
In his submission to the presidential election tribunal, the former vice-president gave the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were obtained.
But in his ruling on Thursday, Mohammed Garba, the presiding judge, said the petitioners failed to prove the existence of an INEC server or that the electoral commission transmitted results electronically.
Garba said there is no law in place in Nigeria that allows electronic transmission of results or the transmission of result using card reader.
“I have carefully examined exhibit 28 (INEC Manual for Election) tendered by the petitioners, I did not see where there is provision for electronic transmission of result of election,” Garba held.
“There is no provision authorising the first respondent (INEC) or any of its officers to transfer election results to any of the server.”