"What this means is that each of the political parties has primary documentation of the results at the polling location where the vote was cast. "So, I find it slightly difficult to understand why they are relying on the results from the IReV," said Festus Okoye, the spokesperson for INEC, when asked to explain the "discrepancy" in the commission uploading other election results on its portal but failing to upload the result of the presidential election that took place on February 25 on the server. Okoye was responding to a question about why the commission had failed to upload the result of that election.
He went on to say that "It is not a discrepancy." We informed Nigerians that there were issues with the posted presidential election results and provided them with our explanation. "The commissioner stated that there was a problem with the uploading of the election results," Mr. Okoye stated.
The official from INEC emphasized that the "uploading of election results into the INEC Result portal was for the purpose of building public trust and for the public to follow what goes on during the election process."
Mr. Okoye continued by saying, "But as you are aware, the electoral act 2023 grants every political party the ability to nominate polling agents, also known as party agents, to serve as its eyes within the various polling units." And the majority of political parties did, in fact, nominate their polling agents.
The People's Democratic Party and the Labour Party are contesting the election results that put Bola Tinubu in the presidency.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the winner of the election to be Mr. Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress on March 1, despite calls for the process to be canceled by opposition parties due to the failure of the umpire to upload results on its server.
The opposition parties, which are led by Atiku Abubakar of the People's Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, allege that the APC and INEC committed election fraud.