INEC server: PDP reacts to petition by Buhari’s campaign to arrest, prosecute its leaders
Major opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to a petition by President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign to the Inspector General of Police and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) calling for the investigation and subsequent arrest of its leaders over alleged illegal access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party in a reaction by its national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said the ruling party was already jittery because it can’t defend the victory of its candidate at the February 23 presidential poll.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council on Monday asked the Nigeria Police Force and the Department of State Services to invite, interrogate and possibly prosecute leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party over what it described as their illegal access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The organisation’s Director, Strategic Communications, Festus Keyamo (SAN), made the call in a petition addressed to the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; and the Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Bichi.
Although he was not specific on the identities of the PDP leaders he wants investigated, Keyamo made reference to the fact that the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has filed an election petition against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and has made a claim of having access to INEC server.
He claimed that upon the postponement of the February 16, 2019 presidential/National Assembly elections, already prepared presidential election results surfaced on the Internet.
Keyamo said the fake results which had details of the scores of the candidates of the major political parties gave victory to Atiku even when elections did not hold.
According to him, the only conclusion that can be drawn from the development is that the PDP had prepared those results which were to be smuggled into INEC server.
He added that when the election was finally held on February 23, 2019 and Buhari was declared the winner, the PDP cried foul and claimed that from results it obtained from INEC server, it had proof that its candidate won the election by about 1.6million votes.
Keyamo said the claim had revealed that “some criminally-minded PDP operatives” had access to the INEC server to be able to smuggle in fake results.
He argued that the only means by which they could have access to the INEC server was by the criminal hacking of the server or through the criminal conspiracy of some INEC officials.
He said, “The APC Presidential Campaign Council hereby prays that the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services should use your good offices to investigate the hacking of and/or illegal tampering with the INEC server by the PDP.
“Opposition is healthy in a democracy but it is not a licence for criminality and illegality.
“A country governed by laws cannot be blackmailed or cowed into indolence by the perceived underdog status of the opposition so as to condone such a blatant criminal claim by the PDP of having illegal access to INEC server.”
However, in a swift response, Secondus alleged that the APC and Buhari were panicking because of the case instituted before the tribunal by it and Atiku.
He said this was why the ruling party was writing petitions to the DSS and the police.
Secondus insisted that the national leadership of the party would not be intimidated in quest for justice for its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He said both the APC and the President were afraid to defend their “rigging of the presidential election at the tribunal.”
He said, “It is obvious that the President and his party are afraid and are panicking as a result of the petition we filed at the tribunal.
“They failed in their clandestine moves to persuade us not to go to the tribunal. Now the reality has dawned on them that they have to defend the injustice they meted out to us and Nigerians now.
“Now, for election they claimed they won, they ought to have filed their defence at the tribunal and be eager to defend it.
“Why are they running to the DSS and the Police with the hope that they will force us to reveal our sources? Tell them to go to the tribunal and submit their evidence of winning the election.”