The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Thursday accused the All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State of embarking on a journey of electoral banditry through hacking the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC towards reversing the result of the recent governorship election.
The party in a statement made available to GWG said that fears that the APC may have hacked the INEC server were upon the claims of the Osun State chairman of the APC, Gboyega Famodun of plots to falsify the electoral results of the July 16 election.
Affirming that the results of the Osun governorship election were unambiguous at the polling stations and as recorded in the BIOVAS machines, the PDP said that it would amount to putting truth in its head for the APC to try to steal its mandate for the second time.
The statement signed by Dr Akindele Adekunle, Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the PDP read thus:
Our attention has been called to a deceitful statement from the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) alleging attempt to falsify electoral results from the July 16th elections. By this false alarm, Mr Gboyega Famodun has inadvertently confirmed social media rumours that the APC and its legal team have hacked the server of the electoral commission.
We read so many social media posts in the last 48 hours about APC having doctored election results and procured fake electoral reports from the national headquarters of the electoral commission to provide basis for its election petition. We read of how the commission leadership detected the attempted fraud nipped in the bud by the reality of primary source data from the BIVAS machine. We had ignored such rumours as we were convinced that the sanctity of the voting data cannot be compromised.
We Have Confidence In INEC To Stop APC From Hacking Server – PDP
We equally have undiluted faith in the leadership of the commission under Prof Mahmud Yakubu that no criminal minded personnel will be allowed to tarnish the new image of the electoral body. What is more, we are confident that the publicly announced results with signed forms by party agents and primary data in the BIVAS machines are sufficient proof of PDP’ victory at the election. The social media posts of hacking of INEC server was thus discountenanced by us as largely impossible under a rebranded INEC.
The statement from Mr Famodun Wednesday day night however changed the dynamics. We take the fake allegations against PDP as a grand plot to justify the illegality already embarked upon by the APC. The diversionary accusation authenticates APC high profile agenda to embark on criminality to justify a baseless election petition. It is against logical reasoning for PDP that won an election globally certified as free and fair to attempt falsification of publicly available results.
We as a party has the votes, the primary data and the public on our side as we emerged victorious, beating an incumbent with all the establishment infrastructure. The only clear suspect evidently angling for another stolen mandate is the APC and its defeated candidate, Gboyega Oyetola. We therefore declare that no amount of pre-emptive attacks will scare the PDP and the electoral commission from upholding the sanctity of electoral data as contained in the primary data sources, the BIVAS machines. We are also confident that no criminally minded anti-democratic force can succeed in blackmailing and intimidating the electoral body from succumbing to forgery and falsification of data.
Hacking INEC Server Won’t Help APC – PDP
We are therefore using this medium to sternly warn that no effort will be spared to defend the victory openly conferred on the Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke. We will not allow under whatever guise any attempt to deny the people of Osun state their inalienable rights to elect the leader of their choice. No subtle threat or subterfuge will cow democratic institutions from standing by the outcome of the electoral process which has rebranded the commission as an agent of true democracy.
We consequently call on the APC to stop its journey on the road to electoral banditry as soldiers of democracy are awake to arrest and nip in the bud any fascist move and plot. We particularly urge the INEC chairman , Prof Mahmud Yakub to take judicious note of this development and end a shameful drama around the integrity of the electoral data. INEC must stand by the publicly announced results and primary data obtainable from the BIVAS machines.
Finally, we reassure the people of Osun state that electoral armed robbers will fail in their bid to effect daylight robbery. Our eternal vigilance is redoubled and we stand by the watchposts to protect and retain a divinely given mandate.