The five-member tribunal unanimously dismissed Atiku’s application to inspect INEC’s server.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has rejected the request of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to inspect the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC crowned President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the February 23 election with 15,191,847 of the total votes cast while Atiku gained 11,262,978 votes.
However, in a petition filed before the tribunal, Atiku claimed that he actually won the election with 1.6 million more votes than Buhari according to an internal compilation of results he claimed was obtained from INEC’s server.
According to the result obtained from the INEC server as claimed by Atiku in his petition, the former vice president actually scored 18,356,732 votes while Buhari scored 16,741,430 votes. This does not include results from Rivers State which had allegedly not been transmitted at the time Atiku claims the data was captured.
INEC has relentlessly denied electronically transmitting the result of the election to a server and accused Atiku and the PDP of producing fake election results to prove their case.
While ruling on Atiku’s request to inspect INEC’s server on Monday, July 24, 2019, the five-member panel unanimously dismissed the application.
The tribunal said that since issues have been joined on the existence or non-existence of the server, it cannot rule on the application at the interlocutory stage.