The Independent National Electoral Commission accused the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 presidential election of forging results which it submitted to the presidential election tribunal.
The electoral umpire made this known in its response as the first respondent in the case.
On page eight of its 80-page reply seen by TheCable, INEC said:
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“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 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.”
The commission also stood its ground that it did not transmit results electronically, thereby faulting Atiku’s proposition that the figures were derived from its server.
“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.” – the statement read.