The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that the results of the 2019 general election were transmitted to a server belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).
Eye9ja understands that the tribunal described the purported existence of the server as a ruse, saying that Atiku’s argument was simply based on hearsay.
The tribunal that started sitting in the early morning of Wednesday, ruled that the manual provided by INEC did not provide for electronic transmission of results, thus knocking off another ground of Atiku’s petition.
Chairman of the tribunal, Garba Mohammed maintained that the evidence relied upon by the PDP and Atiku failed to establish that the results were transmitted electronically through a server.
“I have carefully examined the evidence and there is nothing like electronic transmission,” Mohammed said, adding that the petitioners relied on anonymous website which did not exist.
The Chairman of the tribunal also noted that the website expert brought in by Atiku was not certified as he admitted upon cross-examination.