Hacking Allegation: Ploy to postpone elections, APC says

The All Progressives Congress, APC, said on Sunday that the recent investigation report by the Department of State Security, DSS, accusing the party of planning to hack the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is a ploy by the security outfit and the Federal Government to postpone the February general elections.

The APC spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, stated this on Sunday when he addressed a press conference at his party’s data centre which was raided by the DSS last year.

The security operatives raided the data office at 10 Bola Ajibola Street Ikeja, Lagos, on November 24, 2014. The operatives arrested some staff during the raid.

On January 7, the spokesperson of the DSS, which is also called SSS, Marilyn Ogar, addressed a press conference where she said the service had uncovered lists containing names and photographs of security personnel, foreigners and under-aged children on the list of registered members of the APC.

Ms. Ogar also said a video tutorial for hacking was uncovered when the service raided the building.

But the APC spokesperson, Mr. Mohammed, shortly after the service released its findings, dismissed it as ‘hogwash’

In his address on Sunday, Mr. Mohammed said the APC had taken its time to study the findings in detail and it has become imperative for the party to respond to the specific allegations raised by the SSS.

“Having taken our time to study the ‘findings’, we believe it is necessary for us to respond to the allegations in a more detailed manner that will show that we were even charitable to have described the report as hogwash.

“That DSS report is bunkum, garbage, and is not worth the paper on which it is written,” he said.

Motive for raid and investigation

Mr. Mohammed said the raid of its data centre and subsequent investigation is part of an ongoing effort by the President Jonathan Administration to postpone next month’s general elections.

“Having seen the handwriting on the wall vis-a-vis the growing rejection of the PDP by Nigerians, the Jonathan Administration has gone into a panic mode, while embarking on a plan to postpone the elections.

“Apparently, the thinking at the DSS, which is working in cahoots with the PDP, is that its report that the APC plans to hack into the voters’ registration Data Base of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will raise doubts about the integrity of the voter’s register to be used for the forthcoming polls, and subsequently force a postponement of the elections since the existing register cannot be used for the polls,” he said.

He said the plan to derail the polls was based on a wrong premise and that it has backfired.

Mr. Mohammed recalled that some prominent Nigerians have already called for the postponement of the election.

“Place the calls side by side with the apparently doctored outcome of the DSS investigations and the timing of the report’s release, and you will understand where they are coming from,” he said.

Hacking of INEC’s Database

The APC spokesperson stated that the allegation that the party planned to hack into INEC’s voters’ registration database is false.

He said the fact that the DSS made the allegation at all, shows the agency does not understand the concept of hacking, which, he said, is pathetic for a primary intelligence agency of its stature.

He also said the party is not aware that INEC has made a complaint of anyone or group trying to hack into its system.

“The DSS ‘findings’ are baseless as INEC’S database is a reflection of the registered members with the Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs.

“Please note that at the time of the DSS’ raids, the PVCs had already been printed. Therefore, of what value would it be to hack into the system and input more names?” he asked.

Mr. Mohammed said it was even impossible for the APC to hack into the database of INEC as such database is not even online; hacking it, he said is therefore, impossible.

He also said in order to prevent virus intrusion, there is no internet service at the APC Data Centre that was raided.

“The DSS has claimed that hacking tutorials were discovered on an external hard drive. This is a lie! All the USB ports on the pc systems in the office were disabled to prevent virus intrusion.

“Therefore, the use of external hard drives is not allowed at the APC Data Centre. If this is so, how is it possible for an external hard drive containing these so-called hacking materials to be found on the premises of the APC Data Office?”

He said the work stations at the party’s various data registration centres in the country are manned by unemployed youth who have only basic computer knowledge.

“The question to ask is: Would the party have employed these people if the intent were to hack into INEC’s database or employed gurus in the IT world?

“It is clear that the DSS purchased a hard drive and downloaded the information themselves from the Internet. After all, the DSS, by virtue of its duties, should be the hacking experts; hence hacking tutorials will be part of their staff induction training,” he said.

Timing of the raids and why

Mr. Mohammed alleged that it was no coincidence that the DSS raided the APC Data Centre on November 22, 2014, exactly one week before the start of the Permanent Voters Card, PVC, distribution on November 28, 2014.

He said the security agency vandalized APC’s Data Centre because the service is working hand-in-hand with the PDP.

“They carried out the raids to know our party’s strength in terms of membership.

“Please note that after the raids, many of our registered members could not find their names on the list when they went to collect their PVCs. This is not a mere coincidence,” he said.

Multiple Registration allegation

Mr. Mohammed said after its first raid, the DSS realized that its allegation that PVC’s were being cloned could not be sustained, saying that explains why the service could not display a single cloned PVC on January 7.

“During the second raid carried out by the DSS on the same APC Data Centre, the security personnel carted away bags with unused membership registration forms.

“These are the forms to which they have fraudulently attached pictures of babies & military personnel in order to implicate the APC.

“Or what on earth was the purpose of the DSS carting away blank APC membership registration forms? Why did it take the DSS almost 50 days to reveal this information?

“If it were true, won’t they have released the information to the general public immediately? Has the DSS hired any renowned IT organization to attest to its ‘findings’? Can you be an accuser and a judge at the same time?” he said.

Forced confessions

Mr. Mohammed recalled that the party had earlier issued a statement accusing the DSS of resorting to the use of torture to obtain forced confessions from the workers who were arrested during the first raid on the party’s Data Centre.

In that statement, the party had called the action of the security outfit a contravention of the UN Convention against Torture to which Nigeria is a signatory and a violation of the citizens’ fundamental human rights.

“The DSS shackled the hands and legs of those arrested and blindfolded them while they were being taken to Abuja. The arrested persons remained in chains even at the dark detention cell where they were made to sleep on the bare floor for the 10 days they were detained illegally.

“The workers had guns pointed at their heads by DSS personnel who threatened to shoot them

“A pregnant woman among those who were arrested was denied access to her drugs even when she started bleeding due to the torture to which she was subjected by the DSS,” that statement said.


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  • Mazi

    Reconcile this APC facts with the increased spate of bombing and fighting going on In Baga, Yobe, Maiduguri – North East, one can see the sense on APC allegation.

    With the increased spate of bombing and fighting, the election is hereby Postponed till……………………………. This is to enable the Military to successfully contain the activities of BH – GEJ Commander In Cheese. hahahahahahahah laughing in kukubukillaaaallaaaaa!!!!!

    • tundemash

      A rejoinder to an article “A President Without Balls” by FFK; see Leadership Newspaper of Friday October 4, 2013 page 72.
      I INSIST : JONATHAN IS A PRESIDENT WITHOUT BALLS-FEMI FANI KAYODE
      “70 more people killed in Borno and Adamawa states by Boko Haram today.
      Gosh. What a wonderful and effective Commander-in-Chief we have.
      Jonathanians clap for yourselves. No matter how much you use your EFCC and your SSS to harrass us I maintain that you still remain a ”President Without Balls” (olori oko ti o lepon). Instead of using the state’s resources to try and jail your perceived enemies even though they have done no wrong why don’t you be… a
      man and a real President and fight Boko Haram. As I wrote in my article titled ”A President Without Balls” (or ”The Gutless Eunuch and the Spirit Of The Jagaban”) you are not only incompetent and clueless but you are just ”weak, weak, weak”.
      May the blood of all those innocent Nigerians that were slaughtered by Boko Haram yesterday and the 7000 that have been slaughtered by them in the last 7 years haunt you and yours until the day you die. No matter what you do, as long as there is life in me, I will oppose your evil rule and your corrupt and wicked government.”
      -FFK

    • taiwo

      sure with the burning of PDP buses and properties in gombe and plateau state by APC thugs too,i see your logic bro you guys should keep on fooling yourselves.Your day of reckoning will soon be here though am sure Liar Mohammed being the coward that he is has already booked his flight ticket out of Nigeria

      • Mazi

        burning of PDP bus in plateau state was PDP factional crisis. it got nothing to do with APC my brother. Get your fact before commenting on the forum. this forum is not meant for arm-chair analyses or hearsay

        • taiwo

          Exactly what i would have told you myself,the bus was burnt by fulani boys shouting sai buhari and you are here spewing rubbish

  • tundemash

    A rejoinder to an article “A President Without Balls” by FFK; see Leadership Newspaper of Friday October 4, 2013 page 72.

    I INSIST : JONATHAN IS A PRESIDENT WITHOUT BALLS-FEMI FANI KAYODE

    “70 more people killed in Borno and Adamawa states by Boko Haram today.
    Gosh. What a wonderful and effective Commander-in-Chief we have.
    Jonathanians clap for yourselves. No matter how much you use your EFCC and your SSS to harrass us I maintain that you still remain a ”President Without Balls” (olori oko ti o lepon). Instead of using the state’s resources to try and jail your perceived enemies even though they have done no wrong why don’t you be… a man and a real President and fight Boko Haram. As I wrote in my article titled ”A President Without Balls” (or ”The Gutless Eunuch and the Spirit Of The Jagaban”) you are not only incompetent and clueless but you are just ”weak, weak, weak”.

    May the blood of all those innocent Nigerians that were slaughtered by Boko Haram yesterday and the 7000 that have been slaughtered by them in the last 7 years haunt you and yours until the day you die. No matter what you do, as long as there is life in me, I will oppose your evil rule and your corrupt and wicked government.” -FFK

  • taiwo

    a pregnant woman started bleeding as a result of torture inflicted on her.hahahahahahahaha Liar Mohammed no go kill person.This guy must really think Nigerians are fools

    • Mazi

      if the allegation is true, may your wife bleed and be treated as this was treated. Ammmeennn

      • taiwo

        if the allegation is not true i return the curse to your wife,sisters and that of liar mohammed and his children.That civil war you guys are clamouring for will eat your heads

    • Kehinde

      You are a confirmed daft. Hungry E-rat. Your salary shall cease to end May 28, 2015. Hope you will be smart enough to collect your pay before wendell Simlin swindles you all e-rats to underground.

      • taiwo

        since you are an e rat your thinking will be that everyone else is as hungry as yiu are

  • pheliciti

    PDP’s strategy in its dying days seems to be about splashing any allegation against the opposition to woo undecided voters. It does not matter if the allegation is false as long as it can tilt the minds of gullible Nigerians. How do you explain the dumb DSS allegations, or the certificate allegation against Buhari or that he didn’t equip the army? Falsehood and only gullible Nigerians will be swayed!

  • Max

    Even if the elections must be postponed, clueless GEJ must step down for an interim Govt to enable a free and fair election. Shame to Pdp riggers.

  • Sword of Damocles

    We are in a classic quandary. On the one hand, it is good that our “inspector clouseau/Pink panther” Secret Police is limitlessly Bushman style and primitive thus they are unable to influence the outcome of the elections to the extent they want to. On the other hand, Nigeria is vulnerable to adversaries because our security services, are like almost everything this government touches: WORTHLESS, tainted, politicized. They are so bad that even regular person on the street, who is not versed in the art of espionage and intrigue has concluded that their only job it seems is to do the personal bidding of the President. Just like the Masses have a quandary, The looters & betrayers have one too. They must decide if they are going to LIGHT that match that “envelops” Nigeria. The more these traitors called PDP take Nigeria to the brink, the more likely that final resolution of the corruption issue goes from prison time to mandatory capital punishment. these people cannot get it through their “PHD” skulls, that NIGERIANS ARE TIRED OF THEIR SH*T. We have simply had it with this level of betraying your own country, Where else in the world do you see so-called “leaders” siphoning away BILLIONS of dollars?(and Nigeria is a poor country going by any economic indicator). Blackman shine your eyes, have Honor. The behavior of these leaders is the basest of human behavior and dishonors mightily the country they purport to lead. Let us have our elections and throw these people into history’s garbage heap

    • Dan Arewa

      Thanks, a lot.

  • OLUWATOBI

    #GEJ led administration and PDP are riggers.#CHANGE

  • olawale

    We practice mature politics with maturity.the PDP rascals at it again.we say no to election violence

    • oluwaseyi mayowa

      you mouth no to violence in words but in deed the opposite becomes the case,bunch of hypocrites

  • oluwaseyi mayowa

    APC keep on beating the drums of war

  • onyeka okorie

    what does Lai Muhammed mean in this statement?“Please note that after the raids, many of our registered members could not find their names on the list when they went to collect their PVCs. This is not a mere coincidence,” he said.

  • danjuma Danladi

    APC is not alternative. Their choice of Buhari puts them in very bad option. Buhari is an illiterate and too old for this generation.

  • charles peters

    APC is not ready for this election, if they want postponement knowing fully well that they are bound to lose this election, they should be tells us and stop accusing PDP.

  • shamsudeen sadiq

    If there is any party that will benefit from the postponement of elections it is the APC,their presidential candidate only emerged in december so Lai Mohammed should look for another lie to tell us