The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal has fastened Thursday, June 13 for listening to of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s software for entry to the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee’s digital server.
Igbere TV studies that Abubakar and his get together, PDP are difficult the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and his get together, All Progressives Congress on the February 23 presidential election.
INEC had declared Buhari and APC the winner of the February 23 election polling 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Abubakar, who polled 11,262,978 votes.
However Atiku and the PDP, of their petition filed on March 18 to problem the result of the ballot, contended that “from the information obtained from INEC’s server, the true, precise and proper outcomes confirmed that we polled a complete of 18,356,732 votes to defeat Buhari whom they mentioned scored 16,741,430 votes.”
By calculation, Atiku and PDP claimed to have defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.
Nonetheless, in its reply filed on April 10 to counter the petition, INEC urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition, insisting that the petitioners’ claims have been false.
It mentioned, via its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), that it collated the outcomes of the election manually and by no means transmitted them electronically.
It added that it stored no server the place outcomes may have been transmitted electronically and saved as alleged by the petitioners.
Nonetheless, the petitioners, of their software filed on Could 8, maintained that “INEC stored central servers by which data was recorded and saved in database packets regarding accreditation of voters and transmission of outcomes from the presidential election”.
They sought to be permitted to examine the mentioned servers and the cardboard readers used for the conduct of the ballot, study and analyse the knowledge obtained from them.
In addition they prayed for the tribunal’s permission to be allowed to file a report of their inspection, examination and evaluation of the content material of the amenities.
The candidates filed 13 grounds to again their software and their claims in it.
A part of the grounds of the appliance acknowledged that INEC was constitutionally and statutorily vested with the duty to conduct and handle the presidential election and arrange digital information central servers.
Sustaining that INEC deployed the servers for the conduct of the February 23 ballot, they mentioned as a part of the grounds of their software, “the outcomes of the election have been electronically transmitted to the first respondent’s Central Server”.
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