By Milcah Tanimu
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to Babachir Lawal’s recent claim that Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate, won the 2023 presidential election. The APC described Lawal’s assertion as a product of sentiment and stated that he was still harboring resentment over Bola Tinubu’s choice of Kashim Shettima as the vice president-elect in the lead-up to the February election.
In a statement released in Abuja, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, expressed concern over Lawal’s comments and suggested that he required counseling. Morka pointed out that discussing a matter before the Supreme Court amounted to contempt, emphasizing the irresponsibility of such behavior.
Morka stated, “Babachir Lawal ought to have known that running a jaundiced commentary on a matter before the Supreme Court is the height of irresponsibility. But he is still nursing bitterness and vindictiveness over his failed dream of running on a joint ticket with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”
The APC representative further asserted that Lawal’s comments demonstrated his inability to hold a candle to the political and professional achievements of President Tinubu’s appointees. He highlighted that despite Lawal’s failures as a politician, he was appointed to the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by former President Muhammadu Buhari, only to be dismissed due to poor performance and dishonorable conduct.
Morka found it amusing that Lawal had emerged from a “hibernation” to make incoherent criticisms of the President and his office. He suggested that the loss of Peter Obi in the presidential election had unsettled Lawal and fueled his obsession with making what he described as a jaundiced commentary.
In conclusion, Morka challenged Babachir Lawal to provide a detailed breakdown of the “aggregated facts sourced from independent sources” that supported his claim that Peter Obi won the election. He noted that Lawal’s failure to provide this information to assist Obi in his case before the Presidential Elections Petitions Court was a disservice to his political principal. The statement urged Lawal to focus on managing his farm and stop being a needless distraction.