The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been engaged in heated arguments since Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, said figures from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) showed he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the result declared by INEC, Buhari polled 15,191,847, while Atiku came second with 11,262,978 votes.
But Atiku and his party said figures from the server showed he garnered 18,356,732 votes while Buhari polled 16,741,430 votes in the presidential election held on February 23.
At the election tribunal where Atiku is challenging Buhari’s victory, Yunus Usman, counsel to INEC, said categorically that INEC did not have any server.
He was responding to the request of the PDP to inspect the server of INEC.
But when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, a week to the election, Mike Igini, resident electoral commissioner of INEC in Akwa Ibom state, made specific references to the server of INEC.
“At the ward collation centre, we now have two collation officers for the first time. What they call the RAC tech or the e-collation officer and the manual collation officer,” he had said.