The Spokesman of Presidential Muhammadu Buhari re-election Campaign, Festus Keyamo, SAN has said the Presidential election tribunal will be guided by electoral act and not videos posted on social media.
Keyamo was reacting to videos where some INEC staffs, including the chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said the commission planned to transmit results of the 2019 elections electronically.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the results transmitted to INEC by electoral staffs did not tally with those announced by INEC.
INEC had on the 24th of March, 2019 announced President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the 2019 Presidential election, with a result of 15,191,847, while the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar had 11,262,978.
But the PDP in disputing the result at the election tribunal said it had won the election with the results it got from INEC server.
But INEC dismissed Atiku’s claims as false, saying the results were fabricated but the presidential candidate has refused to back down on his claim.Atiku said he defeated Buhari with over 1.6 million votes.
Keyamo said, “Without referring to any particular pending Election Petition, there’s a need to generally guide Nigerians not to gullibly fall for the fantasy created by any video circulating where INEC official(s) spoke of INEC’s plan to electronically transmit results before the elections”.
“The video(s) of some INEC official(s) expressing intention to electronically transmit results are only circulated for entertainment. That procedure is neither contained in the Electoral Act nor in INEC’s Guidelines. Courts are only guided by these documents and not such videos”.
“Also, what you plan to do may be different from what you ACTUALLY DID. Assuming INEC planned to transmit electronically, the moment it said after the election that it did not do so, the matter ends there especially as the Electoral Act & the Guidelines do not allow it to do so”.
“In anticipation of the electronic transmission, some crooks concocted fictitious results and perhaps in connivance with certain INEC insiders (or by hacking) tried to upload those results into the server. The fact that electronic transmission didn’t happen destroyed their plan”.
“The irony is that the real cheats are the ones struggling to create a narrative that they were cheated; the real crooks are the ones struggling to convince everyone that the system is crooked; those who actually planned to steal the people’s mandate are the ones crying foul”.
“The noise about electronic transmission of INEC results is akin to a student who wants to cheat in an exam & enters the hall with prepared answers, not noticing that the set questions are not exactly framed as expected. So, when he’s later told he failed, he says it’s IMPOSSIBLE!”.