Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has written to the Inspector General of Police and Director of the Department of State Services urging them to investigate the Peoples Democratic Party’s leadership over its illegal access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
In a letter signed by the Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, the party said the only conclusion it could draw from the above was that the PDP had prepared those results which were to be smuggled into the INEC server.
It said the security agencies should step in to investigate how the PDP allegedly gained access to the INEC facility and for what purpose it did so.
“The APC Presidential Campaign Council hereby prays that the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services use your good offices to investigate the hacking of and/or illegal tampering with the INEC server by the PDP. The leadership of the PDP must be invited, interrogated and investigated and those identified as perpetrators must be arrested and prosecuted,” said APC.
APC said that while opposition is healthy in a democracy, it is not a licence for criminality and illegality, adding that it will be wrong for the country to condone such a blatant criminal claim by the PDP of having illegal access to INEC’s server.
APC alleged in the petition that following the last-minute postponement of the February 16, 2019 Presidential/National Assembly Elections, the nation was shocked to see already prepared presidential election results floating around in the cyber space just less than 24 hours after the postponed election was originally billed to hold.
It said that the fake results had details of the scores of the candidates of the major parties.
APC Campaign council said the fake results gave victory to the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, even when elections did not hold.
It further said that despite the approval of the February 23 presidential elections as credible by nearly all local and international observers the PDP cried foul and made a shocking claim.
It said PDP claimed that from purported results it obtained from INEC’s server, it had proof that its candidate won the election by about 1.6million votes!
“Shockingly and coincidentally, this margin was about the same margin by which it also purportedly “won” by the fake results released just hours after the postponement of the February 16, 2019 Presidential/National Assembly Elections.
“As if this expensive joke was not enough, the PDP and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have gone ahead to file an Election Petition against the clear victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and have repeated the same outlandish claim of having access to INEC’s server which shows that they have some purported results at their disposal giving “victory” to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar”, it said.
The APC campaign team explained that INEC’s server is the back end of electronic records of INEC and not just its website.
It said that although, the purported results have been conclusively shown by public engagements to be false and even ridiculous, especially as the total number of accredited voters is exactly equivalent to the purported votes of the APC and PDP candidates, it showed that PDP agents had access to INEC server.
“It is now clear that some criminally-minded PDP operatives have access to the INEC server to be able to smuggle in fake results into that server.
“The only means by which they could have access to the INEC server is by the criminal hacking of the server or through the criminal conspiracy of some INEC officials,” APC campaign team said.