Babachir Lawal’s Presidential Election Claims
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, made a bold statement on Tuesday, asserting that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), was the true winner of the presidential election that took place on February 25.
Lawal contended that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) incorrectly declared Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, as the victor.
He emphasized that various independent sources and factual data suggested that Obi secured the majority of votes, with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, coming in second, while President Tinubu ranked third in the total vote count.
Lawal’s Analysis and Reflective Statement
In a statement released on Tuesday, Babachir Lawal shared his views on the election results and his reasons for not engaging in political discourse earlier.
He explained that he took time to analyze the data and also focused on his farming activities, which constitute his primary source of livelihood.
Lawal addressed the pressing questions surrounding the election, specifically whether Bola Tinubu genuinely won and whether he should have even participated in light of emerging revelations about his background.
Assessing Bola Tinubu’s Victory
Babachir Lawal expressed a firm belief that Bola Tinubu did not win the presidential election, regardless of INEC’s declarations.
He claimed that Tinubu was aware from the beginning that he couldn’t secure victory in a free and fair contest, which led him to resort to unconventional means.
According to Lawal, independent data sources indicated that Peter Obi garnered the highest number of votes, followed by Atiku Abubakar, with Tinubu trailing in third place.
Bola Tinubu’s Public Image and Leadership
The former SGF raised concerns about Bola Tinubu’s public image and leadership qualities.
He mentioned that recent revelations had cast a negative light on Tinubu’s integrity, trustworthiness, and ability to instill hope and confidence in the people he aimed to lead.
Lawal emphasized that leadership should be built on sound ethics and morality, and the current political landscape has highlighted Tinubu’s lack of these qualities.
He pointed out that Nigerians were experiencing confusion and despondency as they faced insecurity, poverty, and a lack of trust in the government’s ability to fulfill its promises.
Challenges in the Current Government
Babachir Lawal commented on the appointments made in Bola Tinubu’s government, noting that they did not reflect the competence promised during the campaign.
He criticized appointments such as an accountant serving as the Minister of Defense and a former CBN Governor’s policy decision to remove foreign exchange restrictions for the importation of certain agricultural products.
Lawal expressed concerns about rising fuel prices, a weakening Naira, and escalating insecurity under the current leadership, suggesting that these issues favored specific interests in the petroleum and banking industries.
Growing Concerns about Free Speech
Lawal also drew attention to the increasing intolerance for free speech and signs of dictatorship creeping into the nation.
He highlighted the actions of the National Broadcasting Commission, raising questions about the state of freedom of expression and media regulation in the country.