The Independent National Electoral Commission has described the results presented to the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the February 23, 2019 poll as false.
The commission said the claim by Abubakar that he polled 18,356,732 votes to defeat the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, is false as it never transmitted the results of the presidential election through any server.
INEC, in reaction to the petition of Abubakar and the PDP before the Tribunal disowned factsdontlie.com, the website from which the candidate of the PD got the election results.
It said “With particular response to the issue of server and electronic transmission and collation repeatedly referred to by the petitioners, as at date, there is no legal framework in place for electronic voting, transmission and collation of scores or results of the electioneering process.
“The Smart Card Reader till date was used for authenticating registered voters not for sorting, counting, transmission or collation as these processes are still manually done, given the state of the law.
“The 1st respondent (INEC) has no server that contains the purported results the petitioners are claiming they got from a purported server.
“In spite of the scheme at the time, counting, sorting, transmission and collation of votes during the 2019 general elections and the presidential election in particular were all done manually and not electronically.
“The purported figure of 37,668,305 being bandied by the petitioners as the actual number of accredited voters is unknown to the 1st respondent and never existed in its record.”
INEC denied the existence of electronic transmission of results, saying it is not known to the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of the elections 2019.
It 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.
“The 1st Respondent does not share information with such an unclassified entity and any information purportedly derived there from 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.”
The Commission also said it is satisfied with the academic documents submitted by Buhari for the purpose of the election.
Abubakar had said in his petition that one of the schools Buhari claimed to have attended could not be traced.
He also said Buhari claims to hold a certificate that was not in existence at the time he claimed to have obtained it.
But the Commission said it was “satisfied with the educational qualification presented” by the President to run for the election.
A witness statement attached to the INEC claims denied there was a server that contained the results.
The witness, who is the commission’s Director of Information and Communications Technology, Chidi Nwafor, said: “As I know as a fact that the 2nd respondent (President Muhammadu Buhari) was duly elected by majority of the lawful votes cast at the presidential election and scored at least one-quarter of the lawful votes cast at the election in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, more than two-third of all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“The petitioners did not win the majority of the lawful votes cast and did not satisfy the mandatory constitutional requirement to be declared winner having polled 11,262,978 and one quarter of all lawful votes cast in 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as against the 2nd respondent who scored 15,191,847 votes cast and one quarter of the lawful votes cast in 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The lawful and recognised computation of results is manually done using Electoral Form EC8 series and not the table pleaded by the petitioners given that the said table is not the result collated and declared by the 1st respondent.
“I know as a fact that the details contained in the table in the paragraph 22 of the petition are inaccurate.
“I know that mode of transmitting/collating election results is manual, using Forms EC8As, EC8Bs, EC8Cs and EC8Ds and not electronically done.
“I know that the Manual Technologies 2019 and demonstration videos referred to in paragraph 27 are internal training materials.”