Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has denied a statement acknowledging him admitting the existence and use of a server during his time as head of the electoral commission.
Jega made the rebuttal in a statement in reaction to a comment attributed to him on social media concerning the controversy of the use of a server in transmitting the result of the 2019 presidential election.
Controversy has been brewing following claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that the result of the election was transmitted via a server, and that the result on the server is different to that declared by INEC.
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INEC has, however, debunked the claim, stating that the election result was not transmitted via a server.
The debate was further fuelled when Olushola Olufolabi, a Twitter user with the handle @olushola_shola, tweeted a comment purportedly attributed to Jega, in which he said a server was used to transmit results in both the 2011 and 2015 elections.
But the former INEC chairman has refuted the statement, describing the comment as a “repugnant lie.”
Jega, a professor of Political Science, stated that election results were never transmitted via a server during his spell as INEC chairman from 2011 to 2015.
“This is another lie mischievously attributed to me. I never said this. Besides, INEC during my time did not do electronic transmission of results. Under our current electoral laws, it is illegal to do so.
“I am at a loss as to why some reckless people go the extra mile to attribute things to me, which I have never said. I have never said this. It is a repugnant lie,” Jega said in a text message sent through an associate to Premium Times.