Claims of victory by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (P.D.P), Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 elections have been disclaimed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, fabricated the votes he claimed to have scored.
Atiku, in his petition before the presidential election tribunal, claimed to have defeated the President-elect and current President,, Muhammadu Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.
He also claimed to have gotten data from INEC server that showed that he got a total of 18,356,732 votes while Muhammadu Buhari had 16,741,430 votes, which contradicted INEC’s polling results in which the latter (Buhari), had 15,191,847 votes and the former, Atiku, had 11,262,978 votes and came second.
However, INEC refuted the claims from the former Vice-president of Nigeria as seen in its 80-page reply to Atiku’s claims.
INEC said: “Further to the foregoing, the website described as www.factsdontlieng.com was neither created nor owned by the 1st Respondent (INEC). It is a site not known to the 1st Respondent (Atiku).
“The 1st Respondent does not share information with such an unclassified entity and any information purportedly derived therefrom which does not accord with the result as declared by the 1st Respondent is not authentic but rather was invented for the purpose of this case.”
It said: “The 1st Respondent (INEC) did not adopt electronic transmission or collation of results in the conduct of the election, voting by electronic means not having been adopted as a provision of the Electoral Act. The 1st Respondent specifically denies the existence of electronic transmission of results as it is unknown to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of the elections, 2019, and put the Petitioners to the strictest of proof thereof.”