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Obi won 2023 election, Tinubu came distant third – Former SGF Babachir Lawal

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A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has claimed 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 made the declaration in a statement on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

He said that available factual data, as aggregated from several independent sources, indicated that Obi got the majority votes while Atiku came second in the election. He claims Tinubu came a distant third in the number of votes scored.

Lawal said that he had resisted the temptation to engage in the contemporary political discourse since the election because he needed time to analyse and digest the data that led to the outcome(s), and because the rainy season had just set in, he needed to focus on his farms.

He added that the current topical issues for political discourse and inquiry were 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.

Lawal said that his answer to the first inquiry was that regardless of whatever INEC or Appeal Court said or did, Bola did not win the election.

According to him, right from the start of the campaigns, Tinubu knew he would not win the election in a free and fair contest, so he decided to go by all means.

Lawal also said that he believed Tinubu still had time and opportunity to save himself from public humiliation and embarrassment to his person, both locally and internationally, by resigning so that he could give more attention to his health.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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