The opposition, All Progressives Congress, has described the spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, as a political liability to his employer.
The Lagos State Office of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Organisation, in a statement on Wednesday, said Fani-Kayode would add no value to Jonathan’s re-election bid, since, according to the organisation, Fani-Kayode no longer had any political consequence.
The organisation was reacting to the criticism of the APC’s last Saturday’s March for Change in Lagos by the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation.
Fani-Kayode, the Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye and the PDP spokesman in Lagos, Taofeek Gani, had derided the APC’s rally.
While Fani-Kayode described the APC’s March for Change as a flop; Adeyeye lashed out at Lagosians for supporting Tinubu, alleging that participants were tipped with N5,000 each. On his own part, Gani doubted the claim that more than a million people participated in the walk.
According to the PDP spokesmen, the APC rally couldn’t have recorded such a huge turnout since the Teslim Balogun Stadium where the walk terminated has capacity to accommodate only 25,000 spectators.
But the coordinator of the Lagos State Office of the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Organisation, James Faleke, dismissed the trio of Fani-Kayode, Adeyeye and Gani, saying they were liabilities of no political consequence to Jonathan’s ambition.
Faleke, who is a member of the House of Representatives, said it was expected that PDP would feel jittery after seeing the massive crowd of supporters that the APC commanded during the rally.
Faleke said the large turnout of Lagosians that the APC enjoyed during its last weekend rally was a clear demonstration of the peoples’ preference for the change which the APC was bringing on board as opposed to the PDP which was a “sinking ship.”
Faleke said, “It is instructive that this show of support came barely a week after the relocation of Mr. President to Lagos for two consecutive weekends. While Mr. President hid in the State House where he clandestinely induced the electorate with money, the APC launched out with confidence in the open and the people identified with us because they see our party as the vehicle of change and progress.”
Faleke, who branded the trio of Fani-Kayode, Adeyeye and Taofeek as ‘busy bodies’, said the APC’s walk from Maryland Junction through Ikorodu Road to the stadium at Ojuelegba, Surulere on Lagos mainland, was streamed live on a cable television for the whole world to see.
He added, “I wonder why they are crying more than the bereaved. Those are the reactions of a jittery and desperate party. It is unfortunate that those who have no political base are the ones criticising a well-attended march where Lagosians, from all walks of life, showed their love and renewed support for the change represented by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
“We asked for one million, the turn out we recorded was over two million. We also appreciate our leaders who demonstrated their fitness and offered a good example by enduring the 9.2 kilometre walk for freedom.”
Faleke enjoined Nigerians to go out on March 28 and April 11 to vote for the APC at all levels.