3 major reasons why Buhari floored Atiku
James Akinloye, president of the Initiative to Save Democracy, has outlined three reasons why Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election, could not defeat President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).
In a piece published on Leadership, Akinloye said that Atiku’s petition was filled with many contradictions.
Hope For Nigeria Online notes that the analyst pointed out that Atiku, a former vice president of Nigeria, had said card readers had showed that he got over 16 million votes; yet, at another point, said that the same card readers were barely used in 11 northern states.
He also chided Atiku for basing his petition on a “non-existent server”; a claim which he referred to as “ridiculous”.
He said: “Firstly, his petition was filled with so many contradictions, that for every claim he made, he made another claim that contradicted the first.
“For instance, in his petition, Atiku said that the card readers used during the election transmitted results that showed he got over 16 million votes. By this, Atiku relied on the optimum working of card readers across the country to establish his claim .
“Yet, the same Atiku, in the same petition said at some point, that the same card readers were barely used in 11 northern states.
“Secondly, he based his petition on a non-existent server. Atiku claimed that INEC had a server where votes were allegedly transmitted through card readers. This is the most ridiculous claim yet, why?
“One, the electoral laws do not provide for electoral transmission of results. Two, because there is no such provision, there was no such transmission by any means.”