In Abuja on Tuesday, Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), claimed that Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), was the actual winner of the February 25 presidential election, contrary to the declaration made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Bola Tinubu was the winner.
Lawal, a close ally of Tinubu, maintained that based on factual data from various independent sources, Obi received the majority votes while Atiku came in second place. Lawal also stated that Tinubu received a significantly lower number of votes, placing him third in the election.
I had two reasons for doing this. Firstly, as an active participant in the drama, I needed time to carefully analyze and process the data that led to the outcomes. This was crucial in order for me to make an informed decision. Secondly, the onset of the rainy season required me to redirect my focus towards my livelihood, which primarily revolves around my farms.
The current pressing matters for political discussions and inquiries revolve around whether Bola Tinubu actually won the presidential election and if he was initially qualified to participate, considering the gradually emerging questionable information about his background.
In response to the first inquiry, I firmly believe that regardless of what the INEC or Appeal Court declared or undertook, Bola did not emerge as the winner of the election.
Right from the beginning of the campaign, Bola was well aware that he wouldn’t secure victory in a fair and unbiased contest. Consequently, he resorted to any means possible to try and achieve his desired outcome.
According to reliable sources, the factual data suggests that Obi received the majority of votes, with Atiku coming in second. Bola, on the other hand, received significantly fewer votes and came in third place.
Regarding the second question, it is my belief that considering the current influx of negative information about him, it would be ethically and morally sound for him to voluntarily withdraw from the election. However, despite this, there is still a chance for him to avoid public humiliation and preserve his reputation both domestically and internationally by resigning and dedicating more attention to his health.
After all, nobody understands the truth behind these deeply embarrassing and humiliating revelations about his character better than the man himself.