The ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) has explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) delayed uploading the election results because other political parties imported hackers from Russia and Israel to hack the INEC server.
This was disclosed by the Contact Mobilization Officer of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Ekene Enefe when he was featured on an Arise TV programme today.
Reason for APC’s assertion
Enefe explained that the allegation was based on reports gathered by the ruling party. He said, “Each party has a situation room, they’ve known the result, and they knew they were losing, and want to cling to something, and what they want to cling on is the transmission fo the results in the portal.”
The APC official added that Nigerians don’t know the numerous attacks that INEC’S server suffered from hackers. Enefe noted that the plan of political parties was to transmit a result that favours them and engender chaos in the nation. He however failed to name the number of opposition parties involved in the alleged hacking.
APC’S defence differs from INEC’s explanation
The recent explanation given by the ruling party does not correlate with the explanations earlier stated by the electoral umpire. INEC had in a statement on Sunday hinted that the results viewing portal had relatively been slow and unsteady.
According to the statement signed and released by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, the commission noted that the problem is totally due to technical hitches related to scaling up the IRev from a platform for managing off-season, state elections, to one for managing nationwide general elections.
The commission further assured Nigerians that the challenges were not related to any intrusion or sabotage of the systems, as the IRev remains well-secured. The electoral umpire hinted that their technical team is working hard to solve all the outstanding problems.
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