APC threatens to sue Fani-Kayode over Osinbajo, Tinubu oath claim

Femi Fani-Kayode

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential Campaign’s Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, to produce evidence on his claims of oath-taking and resignation of Vice presidential candidate, Yemi Osinbajo, for national leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, in the event that APC’s Muhammadu Buhari wins the March 28 presidential election.

The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation in a statement in Abuja on Monday warned the PDP and Mr. Fani-Kayode to either show evidence of the oath-taking or retract the libellous claims within 72 hours or be ready to be charged to a court of law.

“For the PDP through Fani-Kayode to state publicly that an erudite Professor of law, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a reputable Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God swore an oath to vacate his seat as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should the party win the forthcoming election is an attack on the hard-won integrity and the reputations of these great Nigerians and APC stalwarts ,” said Garba Shehu, Director, Media and Publicity of the Campaign.

“We view this as both slanderous and libelous and therefore will not leave the matter to chance. To this effect, we hereby give Femi Fani-Kayode and the PDP 72 hours to produce evidence or in the alternative issue public apology to Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and our party the APC or be prepared to be charged to the court of law.”

The APC campaign also said that President Jonathan has himself to blame for the poor quality of aides and advice that he has benefited there from since his days as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.

Stating that it amounts to self-indictment and a revelation of the quality of person of the President, the APC Campaign Organization said that the recent statement credited to the President that most of the advice that he has received from his aides have been worthless 80 percent of the time, is a clear demonstration that the President lacks sound judgment bearing in mind that a leader is only as good as those who are around him.

Mr. Shehu, Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organization, said in a statement on Thursday that the revelation by the President is an indication since President Jonathan has been in various leadership positions, the people have had to cope with mediocre, insincere and poorly thought-out and un-coordinated leadership.

The statement said it is therefore no wonder that leadership by Jonathan at the national level has been in fits and starts, lacking coordination, depth and vision and unable in the past six years to lift the country from where he (Jonathan) met it.

“We in the APC consider it an act of God especially a few weeks to the March 28, 2015 Presidential polls that President Jonathan who insists on his re-election should make this revelation which to a large extent gives a deep insight into his person and character,” the party said.

“The President or the leader of the country selects his aides and the reason behind the selection is to enable him understand the country and govern effectively. In the case, where aides or advisers fail in their duty, the President or leader ought to accept responsibility as the buck stops on his table. The fact that all this while, no one heard of Dr. Jonathan sacking or reprimanding his aides, makes his lamentation curious, self- serving and opportunistic. It shows that the unpleasant situation has served President Jonathan well until this time that he is desperately seeking re-election.

The party said President Jonathan’s revelation once again confirms the fact that the President is habitually making excuses and buck-passing for his shortcomings.


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  • Frank Bassey

    Why did APC not sue media houses that published the picture of Buhari in Abuja hotel as Buhari in London?

    • Julius

      Because it is not Libel. You can do it on behalf of APC if you so pained.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    It is clear that FFK has rattled APC. By all means, the Islamic Party is at liberty to go to Court.

    • musa aliyu

      he has rattled you instead.

  • Jo

    Frank Bassey, how relevant is this your question on the issue at stake?

  • Jo

    Mr Omooba, what has FFK said that should rattle APC?

  • Ms. Vivian

    Excuse me, please, i just want to ask a simple question.
    I don’t want to do any libel or slander – just one question.
    I really don’t need bullying with any ₦20b Naira damages.
    There are no damages at all in my own simple question, viz:

  • musa aliyu

    APC, please the hoodlum wants this kind of reaction. let us collect power from them and you will see him coming to APOLOGISE. don’t mind him. Focus on the election, and nothing more.

  • Waziri

    Please APC concentrate on your campaign and forget about the nobody man, kayode. U can revisit his corrupt cases b4 efcc when u assume mantle of leadership.

  • Jurry

    This is election time. It happens all too often in Western World. It is the responsibility of the Press to separate truths and lies. They do not sue in matters regarding election campaigning.

    • R.R

      “We are not surprised by the denials of the APC in this matter.
      They are and will always be a party that is built on lies and headed
      by liars. This is graphically reflected by the first name of their party
      spokesman who is known as LIE Mohammed.

      APC is a party that is used to sordid, bizarre, byzantine and subterranean
      back-room deals where people take blood-chilling and cultic oaths and in which
      people are asked to sign perjurious and illegal letters of resignation even
      before they are elected into office.

      If anyone doubts that they should ask Pastor Tunde Bakare who was asked to sign
      a letter of resignation by both Tinubu and Buhari in 2011 even when he had not been
      elected to the exalted position of Vice President.”

      …………Femi Fani-Kayode

      PDP presidential campaign director, South-West

      (March 1st, 2015)

      • Ay Pointblank

        We are not fools and we all knew the reason behind such demand during the last election. CPC and ACN entered into an accord after party nomination had closed. The accord (Not Tinubu) then agreed to maintain names of CPC’s nomination but that should they win the election, Bakare, being the nominated Vice President will sign a resignation letter to allow ACN nominated candidate to occupy the position. The accord finally broke down but in all honesty was anything wrong with such an agreement? Fools like FFK are free to use it as a political tool but the truth remains

  • Johnson Omale

    APC, why worry about this statement made by a mad man. We Nigerians know that FFK is mad and needs urgent help.

    • tom

      if it is to shot him the hell up its worth it, remembered he is being paid, he should be trumpeting his god father ebele jonathans achievement that is if there is any. the threat of law suit will at least remind him of that.

  • tom

    i bet fani-kayode he will retract the statement immediately his party losses the election, remember he is the same coward that kept quite when bianca ojukwu threatened to sue him after he said he used to date her some months back when he was criticizing pdp and trying to get a job with APC, so his alterances ain’t strange, it only shows the kind of people the this govrt. see as value adding. certainly their time is numbered.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Sue the madman! A lie told too often wears the garb of the truth.

  • chi boss

    Then APC, be ready to also show evidence for all the false allegations and misinformation you have rendered on President Jonathan and the PDP. We Nigerians are waiting.. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Scatter

    Will be a big waste of time and money. Femi couldn’t even pay his lawyers for his ongoing EFCC trial, which was why he joined the Jonathan campaign, expecting to be left off the hook.

  • Philip Musa

    APC/buhari/tinubu/book haram, you keep threatening lawsuits but haven’t done anything yet! Talk is cheap oohhh!! What kind of human beings are you? All talk and no action.

  • manager abiola

    The massive looting of Lagos state by the Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently conered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the Action Congress’ states.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds.
    .
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

    The annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought by the State Government in 2006 for N450 million, purportedly to protect the main house from security breach. Shortly after Tinubu left office, the property was transferred to him under the pension plan he signed into law before leaving office.

    The 250-hectare land valued at about N35billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki Road was initially meant for a General Hospital for the people of Eti-Osa Local Government but was stolen by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to develop as Royal Garden Housing Estate at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.

    The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which is partly- owned by Tinubu and Fashola and being developed as golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd (ARM) as ADIVA project.

    The prime land of 157 hectares with 2.5km of Atlantic beachfront valued at about N10billion and stolen by Tinubu from the communities of Siriwon, Igbekodo, Apakin, etc in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Ibukun Fakeye – his crony to build a golf course and luxury villa with little or no compensation to the villagers. In addition, Tinubu paid $20million (N3billion) out of public treasury to Ibukun Fakeye to commence the project in late 2006. Fashola has since released additional funding for this project, which is not owned by the state government.

    The 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi Estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos State Government is now owned by Bola Tinubu.

    While in office, he allocated to himself the former Strabag yard beside the Lagos State Secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja. The property is now being developed into a shopping mall as big as the Palms in Lekki. This is public property brazenly stolen and now owned by Tinubu, aided by Fashola.

    The choice property at Lekki-Epe road on which he built and owns the multi-billion Naira Oriental Hotel and the extension of multi-storey car park beside it. Also, the multi-level recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe road jointly owned with ARM and Tunji Olowolafe. All these assets valued at over N25billion were obtained without paying a kobo to the Lagos State Government.

    Tinubu and Fashola sold the following prime Lagos properties to their personal friend and front – Prince Dipo Eludoyin at very ridiculous prices:

    • The 3.8-hectare of land of Lagos State Fisheries office in VI (beside the Institute of Oceanography) valued at N3billion.

    • The fishery landing jetty at Badore (where the Ilubirin fishermen were to be relocated) valued at N500million

    • The entire Ogudu foreshore scheme initially earmarked for a low-cost housing scheme valued at N5billion

    • The Ilubinrin housing estate (which used to house Lagos state civil servants and judges up till 2007) valued at N2.5billion.

    • The former Julius Berger yard at Oko Orisan, Epe valued at N450million.
    Tinubu raised a loan of N4.7billion on Eko Akete project for which nothing was achieved before he turned around to sell the property to his Chagouri friends of Chagouri & Chagouri and Hitech Construction Ltd at a ridiculously low price at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.

    Tinubu applied to personally purchase the Federal Secretariat building while in office. When he couldn’t get to buy it, he directed Fashola to stop the eventual owner of the complex to develop it. The complex is presently wasting away courtesy of the Lagos State Government.

    It took several months of horse trading and underhand payments before Fashola could allow the new owners of 1004 flats to redevelop the complex. Several other buyers of Federal Government properties and developers of properties in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Government Reservation Area Ikeja were forced to succumb to the outrageous demands of Tinubu, Fashola, Commissioner Abosede and other officials of the Lagos State Physical Planning Ministry and were made to pay ridiculous amounts to private accounts before their redevelopments were approved. Those who refused or were unable to pay could not develop their properties. This is a major economic strangulation of property developers and has contributed largely to the skyrocketing rent in Ikoyi, VI and Lekki axis.

    Tinubu converted all the plots of land where Lagos Polytechnic was located at Ikosi near the old toll gate. He chased away the Polytechnic in 2006 and went ahead to locate the choice plots to himself, his cronies and political associates. The headquarters of Television Continental (TVC), which is owned by him, is located there. He deprived the youths of Lagos of decent education because of his greed.

    Tinubu solely sold the prime land on Aboyade Cole, Victoria Island which was recovered from some allotees, to UACN Properties Plc. The amount of proceeds was shrouded in secrecy.

    Eludoyin, fronting for Tinubu, built the estate directly opposite Goshen Beach Estate in Lekki area.

    Tinubu’s wife, Remi Tinubu, built the massive New Era Foundation youth camp at the junction of Eleko, off the Lekki-Epe express road, with Lagos State funds and has now converted it to personal use.

    Tinubu owns the Fara Park Estate and the Beach Wood Estate both in Lekki.

    The Critical Care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, built and equipped with state funds, is now owned personally by Tinubu. He has put one Dr. Sikiru Tinubu, (a supposed cousin of his) to run the outfit. It is run as a private unit and the proceeds are pocketed by the duo. The unit charges its users exorbitantly and most Lagosians can hardly afford to pay its high charges. Much of the revenue is derived from fees paid by the State Government for patients referred there by its General Hospitals.

    Several prominent Nigerians in the judiciary, police, INEC, and other sensitive agencies have obtained prime land from former Governor Tinubu and incumbent Governor Fashola over the years without paying a kobo. Many of them had turned around to sell the land to third parties at substantial profit. Many top officials in the police, INEC and the judiciary who participated in the 2003 and 2007 elections and tribunals in states where Tinubu has interest were compromised with parcels of free prime Lagos land and cash. If the Lagos State Land’s Bureau could publish the names and identities of beneficiaries of land allotees from 2000 to date, the scandal that will result is better imagined. Gbenga Ashafa, now a Senator, and Mrs. Awofisayo were the conduits through which these acts were being perpetrated. Both were also personally involved in various dubious land transactions on their own.

    Prime land and properties have been used to pay off public officials who are personally close to Tinubu and Fashola for “jobs well done” or for being privy to sensitive information, notably:

    (a) Dele Alake, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, was sold a whole house on Alexander Road, Ikoyi where he lived as official quarters at a give-away price.

    (b) Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State Governor, who was a former Commissioner in Lagos as well as Muiz Banire, also a former commissioner, got detached houses at Ladoke Akintola Street, GRA Ikeja for their “good job” while serving under Tinubu.

    (c) Yemi Cardoso and Wale Edun, both former commissioners, were sold houses on Iru Close, and another location in old Ikoyi at give-away prices by Tinubu.

    • tom

      for your information manager abiola, tinubu is not on the ballot, if you are truely a manager then your followers are doomed. whatever you have written here has no bearing with the elections. period.

  • Zirem

    FFk is just a clown trying so hard to give his crowd their moneys worth. But is high time he takes responsibility for running his mouth, cos Nigeria is no circus. He should give evidence or be sued

  • AMA AMOAH

    All animals are equal but some are more equal than the others. They are all thieves who came into the world with nothing and will leave empty handed. If they like, let them buy the whole world, it will not stop the final judgment of their creator. They are all just accumulating curses on their families. They all BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER. All we are saying is give us the CHANGE we need in GMB and YO

  • JibrilMusagroup

    Buhari is a man full of contradictions. He will fight corruption but Tinubu is his friend. He will give us security but said BOKO HARAM is anti-north. He is honest but refused to show Nigerians his certificate. He is poor but all his children school abroad. He will fight terrorism but sees others fighting against terrorism as anti-north. He will help the youth but is never known to have helped a single almajiri even in Daura. He will fix the economy but has not even the basic rudiment of economics. He will fix education but build any school when he was Head of State. He wants to benefit from democracy but overthrew a democratic government. May God protect us from this hypocrite. President Goodluck Jonathan is the best president in the history of Nigeria. #goodluck4president