Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, has said his request to inspect the server purportedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit the result for the election was not rejected by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
Atiku made the claim in a statement issued by Paul Ibe, his media adviser, on Tuesday in reaction to a communication put out by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on the matter.
Shehu had in a statement celebrated the dismissal of Atiku’s request to inspect the server at the election tribunal on Monday.
However, Atiku said that contrary to Shehu’s claims and media reports, his request was not rejected by the tribunal, rather it was suspended until when the main petition is heard against the respondents, namely President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He explained that the tribunal ruled that the request to inspect the server was not relevant to the petition, which is currently at the preliminary stage.
The former vice president also said it was too hasty for President Buhari and his team to be celebrating the decision of the tribunal.
He insisted, for the umpteenth time, that a server was used by INEC to transmit the result of the February 23 presidential election.
The statement partly read: “The celebration by the administration of General Buhari that their electoral heist has been covered is premature. Their giddiness has even blinded them to the eye witness testimony given to multiple media in interviews by the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission that there is indeed a server and that they actually submitted results and accreditation through it.
“In their rush to claim a Pyrrhic victory, the General Buhari administration missed out the fact that the 2019 budget has multiple line items for procurement, maintenance and service of the server they claim does not exist.”
Atiku and the PDP are challenging the electoral victory of President Buhari and the APC at the tribunal.