The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has touted the statements by the presiding officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Borno and Yobe States as a vindication of the party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that the polls were rigged in favor of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Backstory: In their witness statement, the presiding officers allegedly admitted that they transmitted the result of the February 23 Presidential election to an INEC server. Their statement contradicts the position of the Commission which had previously stated that election results were not sent to its server.
PDP’s response: Per the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Diran Odeyemi:
- “Nigerians should wait for more exposure of how INEC won the election for Buhari. Unfortunately for them, Atiku and indeed PDP were more than prepared for the election.”
- “Evidence that APC was going to lose was reflected in the empty crowd at their campaign venues. In anticipation of the fact that they were going to rig, PDP did the needful of policing the election thoroughly and the result of our diligent monitoring are what we will produce as evidence at the Tribunal. Our hope is in the judiciary and we believe that Atiku Abubakar’s mandate will be restored very soon.”