Lagos lawyer and Director, Strategic Communications of President Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign, Festus Keyamo has reacted to a video circulating in which officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) spoke of the commission’s plan to electronically transmit results before the elections.
The video has been touted by supporters of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar as supporting evidence that he won the election and the results can be found on INEC’s server. Atiku is currently challenging the victory of president Muhammadu Buhari at the election tribunal and has announced his intentions to bring in technology experts to examine the evidence.
However, Keyamo said the video should be disregarded as it is only for ‘entertainment purposes’ as both the Electoral Act and the INEC act does not allow for electronic transmission of results.
“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,” he said via a tweet.
He further said:
“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.”
He also insinuated that some crooked people had tried to upload fictitious results into the INEC server.
“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”
According to Keyamo, 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!