Ngelale, who is also a spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign, likened the failure to upload the results of the polling units to Inec’s results portal to the first-day crash of the Obamacare website in 2013. Obamacare is a term used to refer to the United States’ Affordable Care Act, signed into law by then president Barack Obama to make it easier for US citizens to obtain health insurance.
He also played down the impact of violence on election day.
We fact-checked three claims he made in the interview.
In his interview on CNN, Ngelale claimed that the political parties were not disputing the actual results but were only unhappy that the collated results were not displayed on the screen.
The PDP, the Labour Party and the NNPP have rejected the results of the presidential election.
They also rejected the declaration of Tinubu as president-elect and accused Inec of compromising the electoral process. These leading opposition parties want the election annulled and a fresh vote held.
Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, has said he will challenge the result through “legal and peaceful means”.
Ngelale’s claim is false.
Ngelale said the process is that all political party agents sign the polling unit result sheet and “once that result sheet is collated at the ward centre, the local government collation centre and the state centre, it is now sent into that iRev portal”.
iRev is a web portal developed by Inec to enable its staff to upload election results from 176,846 polling units across Nigeria.
The process described by Ngelale is contrary to the plans laid out by the chairman of Inec, Mahmood Yakubu, before the election.
CNN anchor Asher, who is British Nigerian, argued that the level of violence recorded on election day affected the credibility of the election.
“Interesting, the example you cited with the woman with her eyes shot. That was actually a vote that took place in the southeastern part of the country, where you are from, that Peter Obi won massively. Labour Party won 90% of the South-East,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria, a federal government news agency, reported that the thugs injured Jennifer Seifegha at the Nuru/Oniwo Ward, Polling Unit 065, in Surulere, Lagos, while she was waiting to vote.