In a surprising turn of events, Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and a close ally of Bola Tinubu, challenged the results of the presidential election held on February 25, 2023. According to Lawal, it was not Bola Tinubu who won the election but the Labour Party’s candidate, Peter Obi.
In a strongly worded statement issued in Abuja, Lawal claimed that available data from independent sources indicated that Peter Obi had received the majority of votes, with Atiku Abubakar coming second, while Bola Tinubu trailed in a distant third place.
Lawal also criticized the ethics and morality surrounding Bola Tinubu’s candidacy, citing ongoing revelations about his personal and political background. He suggested that Tinubu should voluntarily resign to avoid further public humiliation and embarrassment.
Furthermore, Lawal addressed the current state of the nation, expressing concerns about confusion and despondency among the people. He criticized the government’s handling of issues such as insecurity, rising fuel prices, and the declining value of the Naira. Lawal also questioned the competence and qualifications of certain appointees, citing examples like appointing an accountant as the Minister of Defense.
He concluded by raising concerns about the government’s intolerance of free speech and the actions of the National Broadcasting Commission, hinting at a growing atmosphere of dictatorship.
Babachir Lawal’s statement adds a new dimension to the post-election discourse in Nigeria, challenging the official results and raising questions about the leadership and policies of the current administration.
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