December 2, 2022



Keyamo to Obi, critics: Tinubu robust, match for presidential campaigns 


The Director, Media and Public Affairs, Festus Keyamo, who additionally doubles because the official spokesperson for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has debunked claims in some quarters that former Lagos state Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is just not wholesome and should quickly withdraw from the race.

What Obi ‘stated’

He was reacting to a remark by the presidential candidate of the Labour Get together, Peter Obi, that Tinubu is just not wholesome and that his (Tinubu) supporters had been solely after his cash.

“Any person stated to me that this candidate fought Abacha regime to face nonetheless. That he even misplaced the whole lot. I stated, however he has two planes now. The place is his firm?

“As soon as he comes right here and offers you cash, you’ll say Jagaban is the perfect candidate even when the person is just not properly. That’s the issue of the nation.

“My brother, we’re in a disaster. That’s why I’m pleading to all of us. Allow us to go and take again our nation and run it like another nation the place the chief is accountable to the folks. The folks can query the rascality and the behaviour of their chief. Dangerous behaviour has turn out to be a measure of success in our system,” Obi was reported to have stated.

Keyamo speaks

However Keyamo, the official spokesman of the APC commonplace bearer stated Tinubu is robust, wholesome and match sufficient for the approaching campaigns throughout the nation.

Countering Obi’s remark in a press release Monday in Abuja, Keyamo stated: “We additionally want to use this medium to debunk the false and deceptive posts on varied social media handles of supporters of Mr. Peter Obi that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is withdrawing from the race on well being grounds. 

“That is nothing however a figment of their warped imaginations. Our candidate is robust, wholesome and match sufficient for the approaching campaigns. The opposition will hear loud and clear from him quickly.”

Keyamo, who can be the minister of state labour and employment, accused Obi of spreading ethnic hatred among the many voters to trigger chaos after which pose because the sufferer.

Tinubu’s marketing campaign crew was reacting to a video purportedly made by Obi, accusing Tinubu’s group of spreading a Whatsapp message calling on the Yoruba to not vote for him. 

The purported message, in line with Obi, forewarned the Yoruba {that a} vote for the previous Anambra state governor could be a vote for a seaport in South-south and South-east. 

However reacting to the event, Keyamo stated the LP commonplace bearer “intentionally concocted that message and circulated that offensive video himself as a marketing campaign technique so as to come throughout as a sufferer of some type of ethnic agenda, whereas in reality, he’s the actual agent provocateur of an ethnic agenda.”

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Based on the assertion, “all teams supporting the APC presidential candidate and his running-mate have clear designations with well-known promoters.

“As well as, it is just messages launched by the APC Presidential Marketing campaign Council which are formally authorised and for which we take duty.

“We problem Mr. Peter Obi to disclose the supply and identify(s) behind that nebulous WhatsApp message.

 “Because the take-off date for campaigns draw nearer, Mr. Peter Obi has all of the sudden realised that Nigerians are starting to burst his bubbles as his messages are bereft of concepts, depth and clear-cut options to our challenges.

“His messages are solely filled with false information and highfalutin jargons in what’s clearly a disingenuous ruse to distract a scrutiny of his empty information as a Governor of Anambra State and nothing else, therefore his straightforward recourse to taking part in ethnic card and fanning the ember of hate.

 “We’ve got it on good authority that a part of the “U.S Technique” (similar to the failed “Dubai Technique” his former boss and himself adopted in 2019) was to return to the nation and unfold ethnic hatred amongst the voters and trigger chaos, then pose because the sufferer. They’ve simply kick-started that plot by orchestrating and circulating the stated video.

 “We’re additionally conscious that plans are afoot by Mr. Peter Obi to faux an assassination try on himself and rent Labour Get together boys wearing APC caps and T-shirts to assault some Labour Get together places of work. It’s all a part of the “U.S Plan”. It’s the first in a sequence of incendiary actions deliberate by this ill-prepared however determined candidate.

 “We name on all well-meaning Nigerians, regardless of ethnic origins or political divides, to stand up and condemn these tactless ways and low cost manoeuver by a determined non-starter of a presidential candidate who has determined to resort to crude revisionism, ethnic jingoism and crass insensitivity with a view to whipping up undeserved sentiment to gasoline his faltering ambition that’s nothing however a flash in a pan.”

On Tinubu’s household origin

Additionally in one other response, Keyamo lashed out at Tinubu’s critics questioning his household background.  

In a dialog on a Twitter Areas Programme organised by the ABAT (Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu) media crew Sunday, the silk stated the previous Lagos state governor’s household has not disowned him, and anybody nonetheless elevating a problem on it’s fabricating lies. 

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Keyamo stated: “We will’t keep in our homes and manufacture cock and bull tales about households. If the households you say he claims to be a part of has not come out to disclaim their illustrious son, then what’s your headache?”

On alleged falsified certificates, Keyamo stated, “PDP critically wished Lagos and Asiwaju held agency. If he ever introduced a false certificates again in 1999 and now, PDP and INEC may have feasted on it and used it in disqualifying him from contesting.”

Bullion vans in 2019

And in additionally in one other defence, the fiery lawyer requested Nigerians to provide you with proof of the bullion vans pushed to the residence of the APC nationwide chief forward the 2019 basic elections. 

“On the query of bullion van in Asiwaju’s home, if I could ask, how a lot was in it? Whoever makes a declare or allegation ought to include proof. Bullion vans are for rent, they don’t seem to be the property of anybody. 

“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is overqualified to contest for the place of the President of Nigeria as he has met the minimal qualification required by the regulation Part 131(d),” the minister stated.

Whereas quoting a former Chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, that Tinubu had been probed many instances by the anti-graft companies, Keyamo stated the previous governor needs to be in gulag if he had been discovered culpable of any corruption allegations introduced towards him.

“Ribadu stated throughout his time, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was one of the vital investigated ex-governor, as critically because the PDP wished to deliver him down in the event that they discovered something Asiwaju may have been in jail by now,” he stated.

‘It’s about competence not flip’

Additionally talking atthe Labour Get together Management Retreat in Abuja Monday, Mr. Obi stated subsequent 12 months’s ballot is about competence not flip.

He spoke in a veiled reference to Tinubu’s remarks that it was his flip to to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obi stated: “We’ll do that retreat now, after election we’ll do one other one, election subsequent 12 months is not going to be primarily based on ethnicity, we’ve got had it earlier than, it might not be on faith.

“There isn’t any place that Christians purchase issues cheaper, there isn’t a place that Muslims purchase issues cheaper. It is not going to be by my flip, it’s no person’s flip. It should not be by connection. Election subsequent 12 months should be primarily based on character and belief; it should be primarily based on competence.”

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Talking on the extent of corruption in Nigeria, Obi stated: “If a pacesetter is just not stealing, and the household round him are usually not stealing, we’ll cut back corruption by 70 p.c. I used to be governor for eight years, there’s nowhere cash is lacking.

“I’m on this retreat to hear, allow us to put it in writing after we succeed, you should be round to say that is what we’ve got agreed on. Even when we don’t obtain 100%, we should have made sacrifices.”

Welcoming individuals to the retreat, LP Nationwide Chairman Julius Abure stated: “Our leaders don’t have what it takes to drive growth. That is what has been missing, nobody is secure, insecurity has taken over one thing must be accomplished and urgently and I’m pleased Nigerians are prepared for the actual change not just like the APC change in 2015.”

He referred to as the NLC, Commerce Union Congress (TUC) and all different associates to hitch palms, saying this is a chance that shouldn’t be allowed to slide by.

Additionally talking, NLC President Ayuba Wabba stated it was time Nigerians returned to the period of being a producing nation and never shoppers.

“We have to return to manufacturing, which is able to deal with unemployment. Corruption is an organized crime towards the Nigerian public,” the NLC boss stated.

Keyamo’s ‘fallacies’ 

However when contacted for a response to Keyamo’s allegations, Obi’s media aide, Emeka Obasi, described it as fallacious.

Obasi stated his “principal is just not identified for residing faux life.”

He added: “It’s a fallacy! You media folks must also know while you see one thing fallacious. Does Peter appear to be somebody who pretends or fakes issues? What can we achieve to start out faking assassination try? Are they in anyway attempting to hold out such try and in search of on blaming Obi for it? The general public deserves to know and that’s what we must always put up within the press. 

“Does Keyamo know greater than we all know and simply utilizing this chance to cry wolf? What’s his plan for uttering this type of silly assertion? Does he suppose Obi is a part of the Outdated Order who’re at all times determined for energy? Each time he says ‘Go and confirm’, does it appear to be scheming? 

“However we’re conscious of what Keyamo has accomplished earlier than. It’s not misplaced for him to say issues like Obi is making an attempt to faux his assassination try? It’s a horrible factor to say.”