[Nova 11 build 521513] Both Pushing and marging is throwing error after nova update

Immediately after the update pushing to GitHub stopped working. When pushing, the following error is returned from nova: Failed to push to “origin”. The reference cannot be fast-forwarded and must instead be merged or rebased.
Error returned from libgit2: cannot push non-fastforwardable reference (-11)

When trying to merge, the error is: Failed to create annotated commit from reference: (null)
The error returned from libgit2: invalid argument: ‘repo’ (-1).

Seems the solution was to push the files thru the github desktop app. That solved the error in nova.