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Servers for presidential election, weren’t used according to INEC

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Depending on “data from the INEC server”, Atiku and PDP claimed to have defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.

Atiku had approached the court to grant him and the PDP access to inspect the INEC server.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, said it did not have or use any electronic server for the 2019 presidential election.

The electoral body made the claim at the presidential election tribunal sitting in Abuja.

In a petition, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, had asked the court to grant him and his party access to inspect the server used by INEC during the February 23, 2019 election.

Atiku, who is challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), claims he won the election.

At the hearing, INEC, Buhari and the APC who are respondents to the petition, asked the Justice Mohammed Garba-led panel to dismiss the petitioners’ request.

Represented by its lead counsel, Yunus Usman (SAN), INEC said the application by Atiku and the PDP means the duo is asking the commission to produce what it did not have.

Usman urged the tribunal to dismiss the application, saying: “We attached as Exhibit 1, the enrolled order of this honourable court made on May 6, 2019 refusing all the prayers of the petitioners in this application.

“They said we should bring what we don’t have.

“My Lord, the commission did not deploy such technology infrastructure in the last general election,’’ he said.

Wole Olanipekun, counsel to Buhari said the application was laughable, adding that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had ruled against similar application brought to it by the same parties.

“We also wanted such information if the technology was used, but our application demanding access to the server was dismissed. We have attached the enrolled order in our reply,’’Olanipekun said.

INEC had declared Buhari and APC the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

The electoral umpire said Buhari polled a total of 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Atiku, who polled 11,262,978 votes.

But, depending on “data from the INEC server”, Atiku and PDP claimed to have defeated Buhari by 1,615,302 votes.

Okorocha says Igbos should not feel entitled to presidency

Senator Rochas Okorocha [Vanguard]

Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo West – APC) has cautioned Igbos in the southeast region against feeling entitled to the presidency without doing the political legwork.

There has been persistent clamour for someone from the southeast region to be elected president, something that hasn’t happened since the nation transitioned from military regime to democratic rule in 1999.

However, while addressing the press on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the former Imo State governor said politicians in the region have not done enough politically to win the nation’s highest political seat.

He also said it’s irrelevant who presides over the nation’s affairs as long as such a person improves the nation’s fortunes.

He said, “The southeast cannot just fold their arms and expect power to be given to them just because you want power. Power does not go with sentiment some of the times, it’s on issues on ground.

“Democracy is about the people and the southeast alone cannot make themselves president. So you cannot be talking about Igbo presidency, it doesn’t exist.

“We may be talking about Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction but that depends on what other geopolitical zones think about the issue.

“For me, what is important is let power be given to somebody who has something upstairs who can put food on the table of common man, irrespective of religion or where you come from.

“There is need for the Igbos to mend fences. We are neither here nor there now politically. We are not in the ruling party, neither are we making impact in the opposition.

“So, there is need for us to get married to the rest of the nation politically.”

Okorocha ran for the presidency in the 2015 presidential election but finished fourth in the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which was won by President Muhammadu Buhari who won the general election, and also won re-election in 2019.

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