Still on the ongoing case between the President Muhammed Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the petitioners’ Witness 62, Osita Chidoka, who served as the Peoples Democratic Party’s collation agent at the National Collation Centre for the February 23, 2019 presidential election, told the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Friday that he had never seen the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Chidoka said INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, consistently told them about the server and also acknowledged its existence during the collation of the presidential election.
The witness who 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 agent, spoke under cross-examination by INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN).
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, he said, “I was there when the results were collated.”
He acknowledged that the collation was done manually.
Meanwhile, another witness, who claimed to be an ICT expert from Kenya, David Ayu Nyango Njoga has said the results of the last presidential election were stored in a server allegedly operated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Njoga said he only got the report, which he later analysed, from a third party website.
When asked if the website belonged to INEC, he said no but by a whistle-blower, whose name he did not know.
He said the website was created on March 12, 2019.
When reminded that the presidential election held on February 23 and the results released before March 12, the witness went mute.