Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr. David Babachir Lawal, stated on Tuesday that the Labour Party’s (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, won the presidential election on February 25 rather than Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Babachir Lawal revealed that President Bola Tinubu came in third in terms of votes cast.
The former SGF revealed that accessible factual evidence compiled from multiple independent sources indicated that Obi received the majority of votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party finished second.
He said, “I have resisted the temptation to engage in contemporary political discourse since the May 2023 election faux pas.
“I did this for two reasons: the first being that, as an active player in the drama, I needed time to analyze and digest the data that led to the outcome(s), so I could arrive at an informed decision; the second being that the rainy season had just set in and it was necessary that I focused my attention on my farms, which are the mainstay of my livelihood.
“The current topical issues for political discourse and inquiry are whether or not Bola Tinubu won the presidential election and/or whether he was, apriori, qualified to participate in the election given his murky biodata, which is now being publicly unveiled daily in an avalanche.
“My answer to the first inquiry is that regardless of whatever INEC or the Appeal Court said or did, Bola did not win the election.
“Right from the start of the campaigns, Bola knew he was not going to win the election in a free and fair contest, so he decided to go by all means.”
Speaking further, Lawal revealed that “available factual data as aggregated from several independent sources indicates that Obi got the majority of votes while Atiku came in second. Bola came in a distant third in the number of votes scored.
“My answer to the second inquiry is that given the now unfolding deluge of uncomplimentary information about who or what he actually is, ordinarily, sound ethics and morality should have convinced him to voluntarily excuse himself from participation in the election.
“But this, notwithstanding, I believe he still has time and opportunity to save himself this public humiliation and embarrassment to his person, both locally and internationally, by resigning so that he can give more attention to his health.
“After all, no one knows more about the truism of these severely embarrassing and humiliating exposures about his person than the man himself.
“Leadership is all about integrity, sound pedigree, trustworthiness, and the ability to unite and instill hope and confidence in the people one seeks to lead. In these qualities, most Nigerians are in total agreement that Bola has them in very short supply indeed.
“But now, six months down the line, the chicken has come home to roost as Nigerians have come to the realization that we have not gotten what we deserve politically.”
Speaking on the state of the nation, Lawal said, “Confusion and despondency are now all over the nation, as no one trusts the government to do what it says it will do. No one trusts the leader, and no one trusts appointees who are appointed as rewards for their roles in the election or who have in the past helped him in his life.
“Bola, the President, and his group are now in government and in full control of Nigeria’s vast resources and opportunities. They are enjoying their offices while Nigerians languish in insecurity, poverty, and hopelessness,” the former SGF said.
Lawal also stated that during the campaign, Bola mouthed some platitudes about competence, “but we are so far yet to see it reflected in his political appointments.
“It seems more like he is rewarding people who supported him to get the presidency at all costs.
“This band of appointees that Bola is assembling into his government doesn’t care about Nigeria at all.
“Fuel prices will continue to gallop upwards until only they can afford it; the Naira will continue to race downhill in a free-fall until only they can afford anything in the market; insecurity will continue its escalation until every community in the nation is consumed by it.”