Prof. Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has debunked the report claiming that he revealed the commission has a server.
Recall that the former head of the electoral body had been quoted saying the INEC server existed and is functional, even in his own time.
He was quoted as saying election results were transmitted electronically ‘during his time.’
“INEC server exist and it is functional. Let’s call a spade a spade. I was once INEC chairman and results were transmitted electronically during my time,” he was quoted as saying in one of the viral tweets.
The statement attracted reactions from Nigerians who questioned that current chairman of the commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for claiming INEC had no server for the 2019 general elections.
However, in an exclusive text message to Premium Times through an associate, Jega denied making such a statement.
He stated that while in charge of the commission at no time did it transmit results electronically.
“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.”
“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said. I have never said this. It is a repugnant lie,” Jega said.