Former Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has denied making a statement on the existence of a server during his time as head of the commission.
Mr Jega, in a circulated comment, was quoted as saying the INEC server existed and is ‘functional’, even in his own time.
There has been controversy whether or not INEC had a server for the 2019 presidential election with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar in challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election claimed the results they obtained from the INEC server indicated that Mr Abubakar won the poll with over six million votes margin.
In its response, INEC told the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal that it had no server where the results of the February 23 presidential election were uploaded.
While the argument continues, a social media report attributed a statement to Jega as saying there was a server during his time and results were transmitted electronically.
“INEC server exist and it is functional. Let’s call a spade a spade.I was once INEC chairman and results were transmitted electronically during my time,” he was quoted as saying in one of the viral tweets.
However, In an exclusive text message to PREMIUM TIMES through an associate, Mr Jega denied making such ‘reckless’ statement.
“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.
“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said.I have never said this.It is a repugnant lie,” Mr Jega said.
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