More Revelations Emerge On INEC Server
A Presiding Officer during the February 23 presidential election, Mr Adejuyitan Olalekan, has unveiled how the use of servers came into play during the election.
He told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, on Monday, that he personally transmitted the results collated at his polling unit during the poll.
Speaking as a witness for the Peoples Democratic Party and its 2019 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who are challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, Olalekan said he made use of a code to transmit the results from his polling unit.
Naija News recalls Atiku had claimed that according to results monitored on the INEC server by his team, he polled more votes than Buhari who was declared winner by the electoral umpire.
INEC in response, however, denied the use of servers for the 2019 election.
According to Olalekan who said he was a lecturer at African Community of Inquiry College of Education in Enugu State, the code used was provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He, however, did not mention the state or the polling unit where he worked during the 2019 elections.
Olalekan had earlier been led by the petitioners’ lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), to adopt his witness statement on oath as his evidence-in-chief.
Under cross-examination by Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Olalekan, who said he was a lecturer at African Community of Inquiry College of Education in Enugu State, maintained that he personally transmitted the collated results at his polling unit.
“I did it myself as the Presiding Officer. I transmitted through the code provided by INEC,” he said under cross-examination by Buhari’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun.
But when questioned by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN), Olalekan said he did not have the name or the number of the server.
Again, answering questions from APC’s lawyer, Akin Olujinmi (SAN), the witness said, “Without the code, you cannot make any transmission of results”.
He also said though he had the code on his phone, he didn’t attach it to his witness statement on oath.
Under cross-examination by Olanipekun, the witness also maintained that all the voters at his polling units voted via card reader as the machine worked perfectly, insisting that INEC did not direct Presiding Officers to allow voters who could not be authenticated by the card reader machine to vote manually with their picture captured.
He said, “No, we were not directed to allow people to vote manually.
“The card reader worked for every voter who came to my polling unit.”