The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja, was on Tuesday, told by an Assistant Presiding Officer 1, Ogunsanya Abiola, how the Independent National Electoral Commission did not disclose the name of the server into which the results of the Presidential election were electronically transmitted.
Abiola, while speaking at the tribunal stated that the commission only gave them a confidential code with which to access the server.
The witness who is standing for the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, stated that the code was issued early morning of the election day.
Recall that the electoral body had denied the existence of the server after the former Vice president, claimed that he defeated president Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress in the result on the server.
Cross-examining the petitioners’ 16th witness on Tuesday, the commission’s lawyer, Fabian Ajogu (SAN), asked the witness to give the name and the number of the server into which he claimed to have transmitted the results of the election in his polling unit.
“I personally transmitted the election information to INEC server. There is no name or number.”
“We were only given a code with which to transmit the election information to the server.”
Asked if he indicated the code in its witness statement on oath which he earlier adopted as his testimony, he said, “The code contains figures and letters. It was confidential and they said we should not disclose it to anyone.”
When asked, he confirmed that it was not stated in the manual issued by INEC that it was the duty of APO 1 to transmit the results of the election.
He stated that he was trained alongside other polling officers in the morning of the election and was issued the code before proceeding to the polling units.
“It is not stated in the manual that APO 1 should transmit results.”
“They did not use the manual to train us. In the course of the training they told us that since the APO 1 had access to the smart card reader, the APO 1 could transmit the election information.”
“The RATECH trained us and that was when they issued the code to us.”
Under cross-examination by APC’s lawyer, Funke Adegoke (SAN), Abiola also said in response to an answer, “They trained us between 5am and 6am on the election day and that was when they issued the code with which to transmit the results to the server.”