The Presidential Campaign Organization of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has lashed out at Femi Fani-Kayode and the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, for alleging that their vice presidential candidate had taken an oath to resign six months after assuming office.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Dele Alake, Director of Strategic Communications of the APC presidential campaign described such claims as a “product of an infantile, wild imagination of a convoluted, distorted and warped mind.”
“That the message came through Mr. Femi Fani- Kayode who, just a few days ago, was brought to answer corruption charges, makes the message incredulous,” said Mr. Alake.
“The whole world knows the other reasons for the incredulity of any message delivered through him. However, to the uninformed, there is no iota of truth in such allegation.
“In the APC, we do not indulge in oath-taking, pact-signing and such other rituals that the PDP establishment is adept at. Such PDP-induced Okija scenarios have no place in the APC.”
Last Friday, Mr. Fani-Kayode, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, alleged that Yemi Osinbajo, the APC vice presidential candidate, had sworn an oath to vacate his seat should the party win the forthcoming election.
According Mr. Fani-Kayode, who is facing money laundering charges before a federal court, the APC’s national leader, Bola Tinubu, nominated Mr. Osinbajo as part of “plans to come to power through the back door.”
“Tinubu, according to our information, has compelled Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president, in the unlikely event that their party wins,” said Mr. Fani-Kayode.
“The wicked plot, as laid out by them, is to force Osinbajo to resign for Tinubu to be nominated by Buhari as his replacement.”
The APC Campaign described Mr. Osinbajo, a Professor of Law, as “a thorough-bred, accomplished professor, teacher, pastor, mentor and preacher who is nationally and internationally acknowledged as a man of probity, integrity, transparency and competence who can never be part of such inanities.”
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his part, is the foremost national leader of the APC who has achieved an enviable, political status, fame and stature. He has gone far beyond using subterfuge to attain any political position,” Mr. Alake said.
“It is widely known, globally, that he has been pivotal in midwifing the most potent and formidable opposition movement that has become the nightmare of the incompetent behemoth called the PDP, and to the delight of Nigerians, the desired change they are waiting for.
“Having lost substantial ground politically and seeing the inevitability of an APC victory at the polls, it is the. PDP that is strenuously engaging in all kinds of subterfuge from hurling personal abuses and attacks on Buhari and Tinubu; to election postponement antics; to evading elections at all costs and even the unfashionable idea of foisting an interim government.”
The APC accused the PDP of attempting to generate crisis in order to make the elections “difficult if not impossible.”
“Unknown to its campaign machinery, these gimmicks portray the PDP as deep in conclusive disarray,” Mr. Alake said.
“Indeed, the fact that the PDP campaign machinery can construct a post- presidential election scenario in which APC would be in power is a significant testimony of their admission that they have lost this election.
“We note this mental and psychological concession of victory to our party’s presidential candidate but reject the odious scenario Nigerians should please ignore this latest antic because it is untrue, ridiculous, ludicrous, mundane and jejune.”