One of the witnesses of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal that he had never seen the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The witness, Osita Chidoka, who served as the PDP’s collation agent at the National Collation Centre for the February 23 presidential election, however, stated that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, consistently told them about the server and also acknowledged its existence during the collation of the presidential election.
Chidoka, while being cross-examined by Yunus Usman (SAN), INEC’s lawyer, also said he served as the head of the PDP’s situation room in Abuja where he was during the election, receiving reports from the party’s agents.
He said, “I have not seen the server but INEC consistently told us of the server and the INEC Chairman at the national collation of results of the election acknowledged the existence of the server.”
When asked if he witnessed the transmission of the results electronically to the server, Chidoka said no, but that he got the idea of a server from past statements by INEC Chairman.
Chidoka also said he did not know the address of the server and where it is located, but that a whistle-blower provided information about the existence of the server.