How INEC rigged presidential poll for Tinubu – Atiku

Abubakar Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 25 poll, claims that the electoral umpire deployed a third party device to manipulate and alter results in favour president-elect Bola Tinubu. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Tinubu as the winner of the poll, but two of his challengers –including Peter Obi–are separately asking the presidential election petitions tribunal to declare them either winner or annul the poll.

Atiku, in his petition, accused INEC of hiring an ICT expert, Suleiman Farouk, to replace its in-house expert, Mr Chidi Nwafor. Atiku averred that Farouk installed ‘the third-party mechanism’ used in rigging the poll against him.

An excerpt from the petition states, “The petitioners contend and shall lead evidence to show that …the 1st Respondent (INEC) contrived and installed an intervening third-party device (Device Management System) …to intercept the results, quarantine and warehouse same, and filter them before releasing same to the IReV portal.”

Atiku added that INEC “did not ensure compliance with the electronic transmission of accreditation data and results in the election (in order …) to create opportunity for manipulation of figures to the advantage of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents.”

The defeated candidate said INEC lied about suffering a glitch that stopped it from transmitting the results. Contrarily, Atiku said the said ‘glitch’ was the bypass from the alleged ‘third party device’ he claimed.

Some of his witnesses, Atiku stated, would include officials of PricewaterhouseCoopers, ICT experts and companies that produced the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).

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