The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has stated that the planned march by the opposition All Progressives Congress in Lagos, is to help shore up support for a former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, who addressed a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said his office considered the march preposterous, and a deliberate attempt by the APC to try to shore up what he described as the sagging image and reputation of Tinubu “in the light of the mind-boggling revelations, in a TV documentary, titled: “Unmasking the Real Tinubu,” about how he has almost privatized Lagos State.
The campaign spokesperson said the president’s campaign would not have bothered about the APC and the decision of its members to hold a march, except that information available to him suggested that the APC planned to attack Mr. Jonathan, the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje and some of its leaders, including Olabode George and Musiliu Obanikoro.
“It is sardonic that the APC is mobilizing its members and supporters in Lagos and environs for a march to sing songs in Tinubu’s honour and chant his praises when, in fact, the people of Lagos, having now known the extent of his manipulative and acquisitive stranglehold on the economy of the state, should be the ones to embark on a spontaneous protest against the will of one man to perpetually subjugate the people to an ungodly economic and political control,” he said.
He also said that if there should be any rally or protest in Lagos, such should be directed against the exposed “fake lion of Bourdillion”.
He advised Lagosians to use the rally to demand to know how Mr. Tinubu acquired the humongous items of property listed against his name in the documentary.
“The time has come for the good people of Lagos to deliver themselves from the bondage of the APC and its errant and autocratic godfather,” he said.
Mr. Fani-Kayode said the forthcoming general elections presented the opportunity to put an end to the leadership of the APC in Lagos state.
“The looting must stop,” he said. “The deception must stop. The people must say through their votes that “enough is enough”. We therefore call on Lagosians, especially the youths who have been mobilized and promised N10, 000 each to march tomorrow, to collect the money, since it is their money anyway, and reject these charlatans and their lying APC at the polls.”
APC planning to compromise judiciary
Mr. Fani-Kayode also said the APC was planning to compromise the justice system in Nigeria by attempting to influence the Lagos State High Court during the course of any litigation in which they and their leaders have an immediate or remote interest.
He said leaders of the APC have openly boasted of their intention to do this and have constantly told all those that care to listen that they own the Lagos State High Court.
“We do not believe this and neither do we believe that any judge of the Lagos State High Court or elsewhere will allow him or herself to be compromised or used,” he said. “We have every confidence in the Nigerian Judiciary and we trust and believe that in the highest and most noble tradition of the Nigerian Bench, our judges will maintain their hard-earned integrity and will not allow themselves to be compromised by the corruptive influence of the APC and its fraudulent leaders. We believe that such evil manipulations and attempts by the APC to pervert the course of justice will be resisted by the courts.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode also said his office was in possession of credible information about the APC’s plan to procure the services of some disgruntled persons within and outside Nigeria to attack and assassinate the characters of leaders of the PDP in the build-up to the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
He said APC leaders have offered huge sums of money to the former staff of numerous PDP leaders, including the President, the Vice President, the National Chairman, the DG of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, the National Security Advisor, two Directors of the Presidential Campaign Organisation including himself and numerous other key government and party leaders and functionaries to fabricate the “most unbelievable, salacious, chilling and macabre tales about their former principals in an attempt to discredit us,” he said.
Mr. Fani Kayode advised the APC leadership that instead of organizing a support march for Mr. Tinubu, they should “seek the counsel of God and they should ask for deliverance from the vicious and unrelenting demons that have taken control of their hearts, souls and minds and that undoubtedly possess them.”
“They should be truthful to themselves about what they really stand for and what their real intentions for Nigeria are,” he said. “They should accept the fact that they are a dying and decaying party that has nothing to offer the Nigerian people.”
He said on its part, the PDP was committed to continuing the good work that it has been doing for the last 16 years.
“Under the able leadership of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, we shall continue with our stated objective and agenda of transforming our nation and touching the lives of our people,” he said.