The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in Nigeria on Saturday virtually knocked the bottom out of the election petition filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, when it said it was unaware of any server used by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on the EU EOM’s report, the Deputy Chief Observer for the EU, Hannah Roberts said the mission knew nothing about INEC server that was allegedly used to transmit results of the 2019 general elections.
She said the Mission relied on results that were released by INEC. She categorically said the mission was unaware of an INEC server by which results were transmitted during the election.
“The EU had to rely on INEC’s explanation in result transmission,” she said.
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had claimed that an INEC server was used to transmit results of the 23 February presidential election and at the election tribunal, has obtained an order to examine the server.
INEC in its counter-affidavit at the tribunal dismissed the existence of any server, saying that results were manually collated across the country.