Group wants Fayose, Fani-Kayode to apologise to Nigerians

Femi Fani-Kayode

A pressure group, the Value and Integrity Group, has demanded that Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director of Media and Communications for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign team, tender “immediate and unconditional apologies” to Nigerians.

In a statement Sunday, the group accused the duo of playing highly divisive and reprehensible roles in the run-up to and during the presidential campaigns.

“Their approach and strategy of divisive and hate speech generated tension and heated up the polity remarkably,” the group said in a statement signed by Sina Odugbemi and Popoola Ajayi, Coordinator and Secretary General respectively.

“While we appreciate the congratulatory and good-will messages from all Nigerians to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, we believe that it would set a dangerous precedent for politicians to simply offer glib congratulatory messages to the winner whom they had done so much to damage through foul, unethical and highly immoral campaign utterances and strategies.”

Messrs Fayose and Fani-Kayode led the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s verbal onslaught against the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the presidential election.

After Mr. Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential poll, the duo sent in messages congratulating him on his victory.

While Mr. Fayose hailed the resilience of the president-elect, ​​Mr. Fani-Kayode explained that his attacks were not personal but what his job required of him.

But the group said the Ekiti State governor’s congratulatory message reeked of “crass opportunism”​.​

“Indeed, we are concerned that the message is best described as deceitful, considering that Mr.  Fayose personally signed all damaging advertorials and public statements on Gen. Buhari. Why is he now directing his aide to sign a history making congratulatory message? Where is the sincerity?

“We accept the call by the President-elect Buhari to be magnanimous in victory, but believe the process of moving forward should start when the likes of Fayose and Fani-Kayode apologise for the deliberate slander and character assassination that was engaged in during periods leading to the election.”

The group further stated that the hatred displayed by Messrs Fayose and Fani-Kayode had no place in what was merely a contest of ideologies.

“We therefore restate our position that a proper and genuine congratulatory message should begin with a public apology from both Fayose and Fani-Kayode,” they said.

“Only after such would we consider any congratulatory message personally signed as genuine and sincere.

“Finally, we felicitate with all Nigerians on their resilience, endurance and perseverance during the March 28 elections and promise to engage the incoming president to implement progressive policies and programs at all levels, to provide Nigerians with security, employment, strategic infrastructure and people-oriented economic development and growth.”


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  • Jack

    Truth!

  • amah sossy

    I support your position for the sake of future political contests. Hate messages and abuses shall be far from our political discuss. Fany Kayode could passed all his messages then without abuses and name calling. Shewu was doing for Buhari the same job Fany kayode did for Pr GEJ but why did he not used all these flaw languages FK used intermittently? There most be consequences for these deliberate actions to serve as deterrent to future office holders.

  • tundemash

    There is no need them apologise to Nigerians; you are merely looking for an escape route for them from justice!
    They did enough damage to Dumbo’s chances and in the process they were indirectly agents of CHANGE too !
    Thanks to Fayose and FFK for being two of the most demented people that ever worked for a dumb president!

    • Iam-with-you

      They are both harbingers of doom. APC had better watch out for these marmite figures.

    • progress

      Left to me this call for apology is a deliberate ploy to have those two rascals go off the hook, They may be working in cahoot with this so called group!

  • ZULU

    There is no basis for asking Fayose and FFK to apologize to Nigerians. Everything was politics. After all APC had their own attack dogs like El Rufai and Laid Mohammed. Those trying to heat up the polity again should allow the peace God has given us through the action of GEJ to reign. APC should be given the chance to give us the long desired change rather than instigate them to revenge and witch hunt political opponents.

  • Du Covenant

    My take on these two is, they are both hooligans!. In decent societies these two will never have a voice let alone hold public office. But, unfortunately in Nigeria if you have the right connections, the son of a former governor or somebody influential, you can do whatever you want and even become a minister etc. OBJ made FFK a minister not because of merit, we all know it, the Ekitigate tape informed us that Fayose after all was not the choice of the people of Ekiti. What does anybody expect from these two?. If we do not want to listen to such idiots we must reject the culture of connection, nepotism and imputiny. I will not waste my time on these two. FFK is already umemployed, as for Fayose lets see what happens when the Capt., safely comes back to Nigeria and the Ekitigate tape saga is finally put to a logical conclusion…

  • King Carlos

    I blame Jonathan free allowing thugs to speak for him, in spite of the abundance of capable and credible people in the country.

    • True King

      When did credibility begin to matter in Nigeria’s political space? The more crooked you are the better ur chances of scaling through the slippery political ladder. With the election of GMB all that is about to hange for the better.

  • Edson Ofem

    What are these Yorubas practicing sef? Socialism? Imagine asking Karl Rove (Republican) to apologize to Americans for criticizing President Obama.

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  • TRUTH MASTER

    The scoundrels will not apologize. But the weight of public opprobrium on them will leave them bent over forever.

  • bigbang

    Won’t shock me if FFK flips back to the APC.

  • IEginic

    Please, this Group should leave us alone. The Election have been won, the President have conceded and the president Elect have been congratulated by all including Kayode and Fayose. Kayode have even went as far as telling Nigeria that what he did was what the work he was employed for permitted him to do and that it was not anything personal but a call to duty. This is a democracy there are sweet and bitter roads to it. We all still remember the very dangerous root we were all force to tread after June 12 to get this democracy. June 12 case and the follow up happenings have been studied and we are using it to direct things today. Let this Group and others start a study of this last campaign. We have mountain of things to learn and use to direct our democracy for the benefit of all in the future. Let Nigeria congratulate all those involved, Fani kayode, Gov. Fayose and their APC counterpart for given us and the world that campaign. One thing we are learning from here and politician should encourage is that our democracy can make us disagreed and finally make us agreed and more united. That is what President Jonathan preach and have always stand for.

  • burning spear

    These fake Yoruba groups should go hang themselves in shame—they are too dirty for us-aS A MATTER OF FACT THEY stink–like roddents rats with no conscience—–who is Buhari for us to apologise to–A thief and certificate forger–a man who lied to the nation state of Nigeria—under oath’? Sad –these Yorubas and Fualnis have started wanting to turn Buhari into a Demi-God————thieves———-FFK should never-apologize to anybody including the drug addicts in APC-Did APC not use the same Fani Kayode to insult Jonathan’ ?-Who among these fake unpatriotic Yoruba groups will go down on her knees to say sorry the Jonathan?–That was the man the Yorubas described as clue-less—a dumbo————–a drunken sailor fisher–man——-told the Obama government that Jonathan was the most corrupt Nigerian leader on earth——–So used the CIA to unseat him for a fulani man–Who has not contributed anything towards the progress of NiGERIA—But because Jonathan hails from the waterside of the niger delta and Buhari is Fulani–they SHOULD BE MADE TO go down ON THEIR KNEEES TO BEG TINUBU AND BUHARI——-what a shame—————-ANIMALS

    • Mujiya

      Hear you: Did APC not use the same Fani Kayode to insult Jonathan’ ?- Maybe they did and what does that make FFK?

  • burning spear

    The just concluded March 28th 2015 presidential election in Nigeria was undoubtedly the most keenly contested ever. In a recent article, MARCH 28TH 2015 IS AN UNFAIR CONTEST BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND GOODLUCK JONATHAN, it was explained how the Obama White House, deployed its formidable bully pulpit in an orchestrated campaign against President Goodluck Jonathan, while clearly supporting the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) candidate (now President-elect) Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retired).

    One argued, therefore, that the election was effectively a competition between Goodluck Jonathan on one hand and Barack Obama on the other. In other words, General Buhari was not really on the ballot, as far as one was concerned.

    President Barack Obama’s decision to provide undeclared backing to the All Progressives Congress (“APC”) and General Buhari, violated a long-time American convention of non-interference in the elections of other sovereign nations.

    The series of patronizing actions, sponsored by the White House, culminated in a joint statement on March 30th 2015 by the American Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Mr. Philip Hammond, alleging that the election results “may be subject to deliberate political interference”.

    This broadside was released when the vote collation was still ongoing, thereby casting undue aspersion not only on the entire electoral process and the almost thirty million voters who participated in it, but indeed the nation itself.

    This was the second unsolicited and unwarranted diatribe by the American and British pair, the first being the denigrating joint missive authored by the same duo on March 21st 2015, precisely seven days prior to the election.
    The said election has already occurred, but the repercussions from the historic event shall continue to generate reactions for many days, weeks, months, years and perhaps for all time.

    R-E-V-E-A-L-E-D!!!
    Obama Helped Elect Militant Muslim Over Christian Incumbent In Nigeria! – Dick Morris TV, USA-WHAT A SHAME

    • absam777

      What a trash! Can you please stop displaying your ignorance.?

  • Bidemi Lukman

    This group miss out an entitiy- Mama Piss. She also needs to tender and apology for calling his Papa and he husband Papa mate, brain dead

  • metson

    They have said their worst, the have dent his image beyond ordinary sorry, the man has accepted every thing he crosses to this present victory so let them be, no body should be telling them this they knew the repercussions of what they have actually done and the duo are matured enough to make decision on their own, so let it come from their mind