They are shadowboxing, afraid of our evidence —PDP
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor & Dirisu Yakubu
All Progressives Congress, APC, the presidential campaign has petitioned Department of State Services, DSS, and the police, asking the two agencies to investigate the leaders of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged hacking of the server of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
In a petition to the two security agencies, yesterday, APC presidential campaign accused PDP of having access to INEC server and was determined to corrupt the server with its doctored version of the presidential campaign results.
In its reaction, PDP accused APC of scaremongering and shadow-boxing outside the tribunal knowing well that it stole the mandate given to its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by Nigerians.
The APC petition authored by Mr Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the Buhari campaign, said the insistence of PDP that President Muhammadu Buhari signs the 2018 Electoral Act that provided for automatic transmission of results despite the shortness of time to the election was the first indication of PDP’s alleged plot.
The statement read in part: “Upon the last-minute postponement of the February 16, 2019, Presidential/National Assembly elections, the nation was shocked to see already prepared presidential elections results floating around in the cyberspace just less than 24 hours after the postponed election was originally billed to hold.
“The fake results had details of the scores of the candidates of the major parties. Of course, the fake results gave victory to the candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, even when elections did not hold.
“The only conclusion one can draw from the above is that PDP had prepared those results which were to be smuggled into the INEC server. However, the sudden postponement of the election scuttled that evil plan, but it was too late to restrain the release of the fake results.”
They are shadow-boxing, afraid of our evidence —PDP
Responding, yesterday, PDP said: “By resorting to shadow-boxing outside the tribunal, President Buhari and APC have shown that they have no defence to present to the court against PDP’s submission that they stole our mandate.
“It is even more appalling that Festus Keyamo, and a member of Buhari’s legal team, who should know better, would engage in this act of subjudice designed to distort facts already known to Nigerians, that our presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, clearly won the February 23 presidential election.
“Since it has become clear that President Buhari has no defence to present to the court, we counsel him to save the nation further stress by surrendering our mandate, which was freely given by the majority of Nigerians to Atiku Abubakar.”