A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, said in Abuja on Tuesday that the candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) Peter Obi, won the February 25 presidential election and not Bola Tinubu as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Lawal, a close ally of Tinubu, asserted that available factual data as aggregated from several independent sources indicated that Obi got the majority votes while Atiku came second in the election.
According to him, Tinubu came a distant third in the number of votes scored.
In a strongly worded statement he issued on Tuesday, Babachir Lawal said: “I have resisted the temptation to engage in the 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 that he was apriori, qualified to participate in the election given his murky bio data as is now being publicly unveiled daily in an avalanche.
“My answer to the first inquiry is that regardless of whatever INEC or Appeal Court said or did, Bola did not win the election.