President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to press forward with a legal fight, pushing unfounded claims of voter fraud in response to the news that President-elect Joe Biden had won the election.
Trump was at his Virginia golf club when NBC News and other networks projected Biden as the winner.
While crowds gathered outside the White House to celebrate Trump’s defeat, inside the building it was mostly quiet. Several aides were in quarantine after his chief of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Hours ticked by after Biden was projected to be the winner without a public appearance by Trump. He released a statement within minutes of the announcement claiming that the “election is far from over.”
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” Trump said. “The American People are entitled to an honest election: that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots.”
Trump took to Twitter hours after the announcement to continue to make unfounded claims that rampant voter fraud occurred. He also boasted about the 71 million votes he won, the most by any incumbent president but not enough to secure re-election.
When asked, neither Trump nor his campaign has presented evidence that illegal ballots were counted. Despite having repeated the claim for days now, the Trump campaign has failed to provide any sound evidence of voter fraud.
Trump sought to depict the decision by news networks to project Biden as the winner as evidence that forces were working against him.
“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed. The simple fact is this election is far from over,” Trump said in his statement. He added, “I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”
Election administrators around the country have also worked to make the process transparent, allowing representatives from both parties, as well as the news media, into the rooms to watch votes as they are tabulated. Philadelphia offered a livestreamed video to allow the public to watch.
Still, Trump’s team of lawyers pressed on with its strategy to litigate the election results even as some privately acknowledged that the efforts would have little impact.
“Now that there’s a call, I’m sure the lawsuits will continue, but the fact remains: You can’t un-count votes,” a person close to Trump’s re-elect effort admitted.
FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office
The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).
This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.
The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.
“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”
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The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”
“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”
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