Buhari shows video clip on INEC Chair’s uncertainty about the use of server

President Muhammadu Buhari’s legal team has played a video clip at the Tuesday’s hearing of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal showing the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, expressing fear about the possibility of deploying electronic transmission of results for the 2019 general elections.

The INEC Chairman was seen in the clip in a”one-on-one interview with INEC Chairman” shown on Channels Television on February 6, 2019, pointing to the problems of communication, poor coverage of 2G, 3G, 4G networks in the country, let alone 5G that was yet to be available in Nigeria, and the issues of cybersecurity, as militating against the possibility of deployment of electronic transmission of results during the election.

In the clip, INEC chairman was seen as saying that discussion with network providers was in progress, he then added, “We still need to do a lot more before we can use the technology of transmitting the results of election”.

Under cross-examination by Buhari’s lawyer, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), the petitioners’ 40th witness, Segun Showunmi, through whom the petitioners tendered 48 VCDs, on Monday, confirmed that Channels TV‘s logo appeared on the three-minute-long clip.

He also confirmed that the person interviewed “looked like the INEC Chairman”.

He confirmed that he knew the interviewer, Seun Okinbaloye.