Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM, Oracle experts to testify over INEC server – Independent Observers

Atiku to call Microsoft, IBM, Oracle experts to testify over INEC server

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By Andy Chukwu

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again insisted that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) stored the 2019 presidential election results in a server.

Atiku, in a counter response to the INEC’s response to his initial petition said he will call Microsoft, IBM and Oracle experts to testify that he scored the highest votes in the election and defeated President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) by over 1.6 million votes.

Atiku gave the server name 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.

The Punch reported that Atiku and the 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.

PDP and its candidate claimed to have polled a total of 18,356,732 votes to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC who they alleged 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 claimed.

He said all the results were collated manually and were never transmitted electronically. Atiku, in his fresh response, said the figures he claimed to have scored were genuine.

“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.”

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