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Tension As INEC Sends Dangerous Signal To PDP’s Atiku Abubakar, Over Fresh Criminal Allegation

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that it is ready to meet with the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, in court, to explain how he had access to its server.

The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Rotimi Oyekanmi, made this revelations in an interview, on Saturday.

He maintained that INEC will meet Atiku in court, for him to disclose how he had access to its server, and made the claims that he got over 1.6 million votes, to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

“Since this matter has become a subject of litigation, INEC will not comment on it, or join issues with the PDP Candidate. He (Atiku) has gone to court, we will meet him there”, Oyekanmi stressed.

He also responded to calls by the PDP and its Candidate, for the nullification of the Presidential poll, over alleged widespread irregularity and criticisms from Local and International Observers, including the United States ex-Envoy to Nigeria.

“I do not agree with your notion that Local and International Observers discredited the 2019 general elections. On the contrary, the Observers accredited by INEC, affirmed the credibility of the 2019 polls, but noted some challenges. As far as INEC is concerned, the elections were largely free, fair, and credible”, he stated.

He also revealed that INEC had put in place effective measures, to ensure credible supplementary elections, scheduled for Saturday.

He said: “All sensitive and other materials have been deployed. The Smart Card Readers are ready and our Ad-hoc staff have undergone refresher trainings. Meetings have been held with respective Stakeholders, and due consultations with Security Agencies have also been held.

“The Commission is good to go. The Security Agencies have pledged adequate security and professional conduct by their men, during the elections. The role of the Military in the electoral process is very clear. They man the third tier or outer ring of the election security architecture, and they play complementary roles.

“Where a situation that is beyond the capacity of the Police arises during elections, the Military moves in to provide support and restore normalcy. To that extent, its role is very important.

“INEC’s response (on the delisting of parties which did not win any election) is not important. It is what the law says that is important. If the laws says, delist political parties that did not win a single seat during the general elections, the Commission will implement the provisions of the law.”


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