PDP Says Arrest Of Fani-Kayode’s Wife Taken Too Far

femi-fani-kayode-precious-chikwendu-EFCC-PDPThe national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the purported arrest of the wife of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, Precious Chikwendu.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s wife was said to have been arrested on Monday alongside her eight-month-old son by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in southwest Nigeria.

The party made the censure on Tuesday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.

The statement read: “We condemn in its entirety, the arrest and detention of Precious Chikwendu, Wife of Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, and former Spokesperson of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDP-PCO) on October 17, 2016 by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

“She was arrested along with her eight-month-old son, Aragorn, and would have been detained but for the timely intervention of Governor Ayo Fayose.

“This action represents a new low in the Federal Government’s resolve to harass and persecute real and perceived enemies of the Buhari Administration under the guise of an anti-corruption crusade.

“It is reprehensible for the government to attack members of the families of its perceived enemies, especially wives and children, for any reason whatsoever.

“In addition to freezing Chief Fani-Kayod’s accounts, the Federal Government has ordered the freezing of accounts of his wife, Precious Chikwendu, several of which were opened and operated long before their marriage.

“These accounts have been frozen for no reason other than her marriage to Mr Fani-Kayode.

“The Buhari Administration cannot, and must not be allowed to continue the violation of the constitutional rights and freedom of the Nigerian people.

“This sort of tyranny must not be allowed to continue unchecked.

“We have advised the family to approach the courts and enforce their legal rights in this matter”.

EFCC Denies Claimed Arrest

The anti-graft agency, however, said it did not detain the wife of the former Aviation Minister, contrary to reports in the media and the PDP claims.

In a statement made available to the media on Monday, the Head of Media and Publicity at the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, cleared the air on the said arrest.

“The wife of Femi Fani-Kayode and her child are not in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and were never detained by the Commission.

“Contrary to the media spin about the purported arrest of mother and child, a certain Chikwendu Sonia today (Monday) attempted to withdraw money from an Access Bank account that had been placed on ‘Post No Debit’ Category, following the discovery of illicit cash flows into the account.

“She was intercepted by the bank while the Commission was notified but because it was late, the EFCC advised that the suspect be taken to the Police station for processing and release on bail.

“They were arranging to take the suspect to the police station when Governor Ayo Fayose stormed the bank with thugs and his personal security and forcefully secured the release of the suspect, with claims that the EFCC had no power to detain anybody in his state,” the statement read.

Fani-Kayode Fires Back At Ali Modu Sheriff, Says ‘He Is Of The Devil’

Ali Modu Sheriff and Femi Fani KayodeThe factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and the former spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign team, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode are in war of words.

The accusation and counter-accusation began after Senator Sheriff was removed as the chairman of the PDP in May, with Mr Fani-Kayode insisting that he had link with the Boko Haram sect.

Reacting to that allegation on Sunday, Mr Sheriff described Mr Fani-Kayode, who is also a member of the PDP, as a person that changes the goalpost on every issue and should not be taken seriously.

On Monday, however, Mr Fani-Kayode told Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, that the Factional leader of the PDP was ‘of the devil’ and a course to the opposition party that is making efforts to hold its ground after it lost power to the All Progressives Party in the 2015 Presidential election.

“These are the lies of a desperate and drowning man that came to destroy the PDP and if we did not rise up against him and kick him out when we did, he would have succeeded in his mission.

“I am proud to be the first to see him for what he is and to publicly blow the whistle against him.

“I was one of those that led the rebellion against him and orchestrated the campaign to push him out and dump him as the national chairman of our party. Many have thanked me for that including some of those that brought him in the first place and attempted to impose him on us,” he said.

Reacting further to Senator Sheriff’s comment about him, he said: “The man is of the devil and no one should believe a word that comes out of his mouth or take him seriously. He is a curse to the PDP and the sooner he is kicked out of the party the better it is for us all.

We Used Him To Spy

In response to Sheriff’s statement about him changing the goalpost on every issue, he said: “A lying Ali Modu Sheriff has changed political parties not less than four times in the last few years”.


Mr Fani-Kayode claimed that Mr Sheriff had tried to destroy different parties from within on behalf of the government of the day, insisting that that was his plan for the PDP.

“He has betrayed everyone.

“We used him to spy on and destroy the APP when we were in power. Right now he has failed and 99 per cent of PDP members have rejected him and now he is on his own,” he told Seun over the telephone.

Mr fani-Kayode further claimed that he had remained consistent with his view, but said that Senator Sheriff was more of a gangster than a politician.

This war of word is coming at a time that contradictory court rulings are coming out in relation to the leadership tussle that the party is immersed in.

The leadership crisis of the PDP had taken a new dimension with different court giving different judgements on Monday about the party’s decision to hold a national convention in Port Harcourt, which Senator Sheriff had kicked against.

Fani-Kayode Says Fraud Charges Are Politically Motivated

Femi Fani-Kayode, Fraud, PDPFormer Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the fraud charges against him as politically motivated.

Mr Fani-Kayode stated this on Wednesday on Channels Television’s politics programme where he faulted the charges file by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“I have done absolutely nothing wrong and neither have any of my co-accused. I saw this coming the day we lost elections and it was announced that the other side had won.

“I refused to leave the country just as I refused to leave the country in 2008 when I was accused of things then.

“I have absolutely no doubt that in the end of this particular exercise I will be declared innocent by the court simply because it is very obvious that this is a politically motivated allegation,” he said.

The former Minister denied receiving funds from government agencies to run the campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections.

He criticised the allegations, stating that the money used to fund the PDP campaign was gotten from the party’s private account.

“You asked a direct question, did I receive money from any government agency for my operations within the campaign? The answer is no.

“Our Director of Finance sent money out to the various directors including me from our own private company account for us to run our operations.

“I was given only 10% of what I needed (very small) about 800 million Naira to run a campaign for three months and we utilised that money,” he said.

Fani-Kayode said that the charges before him have brought him no regret working for former President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that he was not the only person that has been facing charges.

Court Grants Fani-Kayode, Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf Bail

Fani-KayodeThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted bail in the sum of 250 million Naira each, to Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, Former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Usman and Danjuma Yusuf who are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly stealing and laundering about 4.9 billion Naira. 

Delivering his ruling on their bail application on Monday, the trial judge, Justice Sule Hassan held that there was no evidence that the defendants will interfere with trial if granted bail.

The judge also held that denying the defendants  bail, especially as the court’s vacation was near, and would span throughout the expiration of August, will not serve the interest of justice.

Justice Sule Hassan granted the defendants bail with two sureties each in like sum.
The sureties must own landed properties within the court’s jurisdiction and must present to the court, evidence of tax clearance.

The defendants were also ordered to deposit their passport in the custody of the court pending the determination of the case.

The offence which was allegedly committed between January 2015 and March 2015 is contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and Punishable Under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same act.

The offense carries a minimum sentence of not less than 7years but not more 14 years jail term.

17 witnesses have been listed by the EFCC to testify against the defendants in proof of the charges.

Owing to the courts annual vacation which commences on Monday July 11, 2016 Justice Hassan has adjourned commencement of trial to October 19, 2016.

EFCC Set To Arraign Fani-Kayode On June 21

Femi Fani-Kayode, EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set a new date to arraign former Aviation Minister on Spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

He will now be arraigned before Justice Sule Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Tuesday, June 21.

It’s not clear why the arraignment was shifted from Friday this week to Tuesday next week but Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, reports that it may not be unconnected with the busy schedule of the court and the prosecuting agency.

The EFCC has filed a 17 count charge against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode over an alleged N1.5 billion fraud.

A former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman; a firm, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited; one Danjuma Yusuf and another Olubode Oke, (said to be at large) are charged alongside Chief Fani-Kayode.

In the first count of the charge, “Nnenadi Esther Usman, Femi Fani-Kayode, Danjuman Yusuf And Jointrust Dimentions Nigeria LTD on or about the 8th day of January, 2015, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired to indirectly retain the sum of N1.5 billion, a sum the EFCC says they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing.

“They therefore committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Offence is punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act”, the charge read.

The EFCC has listed 17 witnesses to testify against the defendants including representatives of Zenith, Wema, Skye, UBA, First Bank and GT Bank.

EFCC Files Charges Against Fani-Kayode, Others

Fani-KayodeThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 17-count charge against a former Aviation Minister and Spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode over an alleged 1.5 billion Naira fraud.

A former Minister of Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman, a firm – Joint Trust Dimensions Limited – one Danjuman Yusuf and another Olubode Oke, (said to be at large) were also charged alongside Mr Fani-Kayode.

The defendants are expected to be arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos as soon as the case is assigned to a judge.

Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, who obtained a copy of the charge reported that while Mr Fani-Kayode was named in all 17 counts, the former Finance Minister was only named in the first four counts of the charge.

In the first count, Usman, Fani-Kayode, Yusuf And Jointrust Dimensions Nigeria Limited on or about January 8, 2015, within the jurisdiction of the Court conspired to indirectly retain the sum of 1.5 Billion Naira, a sum the EFCC said they reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act of stealing.

“They, therefore, committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The Offence is punishable under Section 15(3) & 4 of the same Act,2 the charge read.

The EFCC had listed 17 witnesses to testify against the defendants including representatives of some banks.

Fani-Kayode Arrives At EFCC Office

Fani-KayodeFormer Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He arrived at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja on Monday morning in a police convoy.

EFCC operatives had laid a siege to Mr Fani-Kayode’s residence on Friday but later withdrew after almost six hours.

Officers of the EFCC had visited his Maitama home at about 10:00am local time, inviting him for questioning on Monday, May 9, only to return at midday with armed men, seeking his arrest.

The EFCC said it was carrying out its functions, claiming that Mr Fani-Kayode had a case to answer over the Peoples Democratic Party’s election funds.

Mr Fani-Kayode said he was surprised at the turn of events after he had promised to show up with his lawyer on Monday.

He was the Director of Publicity for former President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP’s campaign Organisation before the general election of 2015.

Fani-Kayode

Not A Coward

Few days before he was invited, Mr Fani-Kayode had released a statement in which he debunked media reports that he was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Fani-Kayode, described the earlier reports of his arrest as absurd, “I am not a coward”, he said and added, “this attempt to further demonise and humiliate me by the EFCC will fail.

“If they have any questions for me why don’t they just write to me or call me, give me a date and I will be in their office. I have made my position clear on the issue of the Presidential campaign funds, I have written an essay about it in my various columns about two weeks ago and I have been waiting for the EFCC to reach me ever since then.

“They have invited others but they have not invited me. I do not believe that I have done anything wrong and this latest attempt to criminalise me and make me look like a fugitive from justice will fail.

“Others that were invited to the EFCC over this same campaign funds issue were sent letters of invitation and were reached. I appear to be the exception and now these hideous lies are being fed to the newspapers to make it look as if I am in hiding or that I am running from them just to sensationalise the whole issue.”

Fani-Kayode Denies Any Form Of Invitation By EFCC

Fani-KayodeFormer Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday debunked media reports that he was invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Speaking through a signed statement, he said ‘ I have not been invited by the EFCC by letter and neither have they phoned me or attempted to reach me in any other way. I have been in my Abuja home for the last few weeks and I am not hiding from anyone.

Mr. Fani-Kayode, who described the reports as “absurd”, added that “I am not a coward”, insisting that “this attempt to further demonise and humiliate me by the EFCC will fail.

“If they have any questions for me why don’t they just write to me or call me, give me a date and I will be in their office. I have made my position clear on the issue of the Presidential campaign funds, I have written an essay about it in my various columns about two weeks ago and I have been waiting for the EFCC to reach me ever since then. They have invited others but they have not invited me. I do not believe that I have done anything wrong and this latest attempt to criminalise me and make me look like a fugitive from justice will fail.

“Others that were invited to the EFCC over this same campaign funds issue were sent letters of invitation and were reached. I appear to be the exception and now these hideous lies are being fed to the newspapers to make it look as if I am in hiding or that I am running from them just to sensationalise the whole issue.

“This is also to justify what the EFCC wish to do which is to arrest me in public, humiliate me or to storm my home and lock me up indefinitely. There is no need for all that drama and if it happens that way the Nigerian people will know why. I have no fear of the EFCC, I will respond to their invitation any day and anytime they send it to me and I will help them to clarify whatever issues they wish to raise in any way that I can.

“Others were invited in a civilised way and were treated in a humane and decent manner. I really do wonder why I should be treated differently, criminalised in the newspapers in this way and not even afforded the common courtesy of a formal invitation by them. I await their letter or their call and I leave those that wish to give the impression that I am running from them to God”, he said in the statement.

Fani-Kayode Insists Leader Of PDP, Sheriff Is ‘Intrinsically Linked With Boko Haram’

Fani-KayodeA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign team in 2015, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, is insisting that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff appointed the party’s Chairman is ‘intrinsically linked with Boko Haram’ and should not head a serious political party.

Mr Fani-Kayode made the allegation on ‘Sunday Politics Today’ while giving his opinion about the appointment of Senator Sheriff as the PDP’s leader by the National Executive Committee.

Dismissing Senator Sheriff’s denial of an allegation that he was a major sponsor of Boko Haram, Mr Fani-Kayode said: “In terms of his person, he is intrinsically linked with Boko Haram. At the inception, he was one of those that created the Boko Haram and terrorised our nation”.

He insisted that his comments were not mere allegations, saying that “a man that is so badly stained…. has such antecedents cannot be a leader of a serious political party”.

“This is somebody I have known for many years since we were both in the NRC in the early 90s.

“I must tell you that if he wants to convince the world that he has nothing to do with Boko Haram, let him explain his relationship with Mohammed Yusuf, the man who started Boko Haram and who was murder in mysterious circumstance by the police.

“Let him tell us who he was using as his local thug whilst he was two-time Governor of Borno State. Let him tell us that it was not Mohammed Yusuf that was leading the thugs and that he was not funding them.

“Let him tell us who asked Yar’Adua to send the soldiers and kill as many people as possible of the Boko Haram group simply because he was tired of them and he was fed up with giving them money,” the PDP member insisted.

Option Of Stepping Down

On the appointment of Senator Sheriff, Mr Fani-Kayode said it was a very complicated issue and that there were many aspects to it.

He also insisted that it would do the party a world of good if Mr Ali Modu Sheriff chose the option of stepping down.

“There has been so much rancour and division created by the fact that he has emerged.

“Not just about his personality and his antecedent but also the process by which he emerged.

“It has caused a lot of trouble.

“Had it not been for the efforts of former President Jonathan and the chairman of the Governor’s forum, Governor Mimiko, the rift could have been far wider and many people should have left the party in droves in the last couple of days,” Mr Fani-Kayode explained.

According to him, there is a problem and a number of stakeholders are not happy with the situation. He also stated that it was very clear that top party members were not going to sit by and allow it to go away.

“Concrete measures are being taken, positions have been taken, discussions are on and the Forum of Governors for instance and every single minister that has been a PDP minister from 1999 to 2015 will meet on Tuesday in Abuja to take position on the matter.”

Explaining the circumstance surrounding Senator Sheriff’s appointment, Mr Fani-Kayode said: “A group of people came together and decided that he should be the one that will complete the tenure of the former PDP chairman. It is fair enough but they have to consult the people and stakeholders before they come to this conclusion.

“They took the decision and they went to the PDP Board of Trustees and told them this is a decision that they have taken.

“The way the PDP works is that before any serious decision is taken about anything, the PDP Board of Trustees is consulted and carried along and usually, they agree and they ratify.

“On this occasion, when the name of Sheriff was put to the PDP Board of Trustees, they rejected it outright.

“There is a court order stating clearly that the deputy national chairman, Mr Secondus, is not in power and has been barred from presiding over any national council meeting”.

He was also of the view that the PDP Chairman’s appointment violated the party’s law that stipulated that any individual that must occupy that position must have been a member of the party for over two years.

NHRC Condemns Fani-Kayode’s Speech On Fulani Herdsmen

NHRC on fani-kayode's hate speechThe Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, has condemned in strong terms, an article written by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, which describes Fulani herdsmen as “Tse-Tse fly and leeches” as hate speech.

In an article titled “Herdsmen from Hell”, Mr Fani-Kayode had taken to his Facebook page to condemn the abduction of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae.

However, in several messages via his twitter handle, the NRHC Boss said although, the abduction of the prominent elder statesman is a crime to make it a campaign against a race.

Professor Odinkalu said that it is unlawful to advocate the mass removal of Nigerians from their country.

Court Set To Deliver Judgment On Fani-Kayode’s Alleged Money Laundering Case

Court To Rule On Fani-Kayode's Alleged Money Laundering CaseThe Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, will deliver judgement on Thursday, in the alleged money laundering case against Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

The trial judge, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, had fixed the date last month after lawyers representing the Director of Media of Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 Presidential Campaign Organization and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) adopted their final written addresses.

Fani-Kayode was arraigned before the court by the EFCC on a two count charge of laundering the sum of 2.1 million Naira, while he was serving in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, first as Minister of Aviation and later as Minister of Culture and tourism.

He was specifically accused by the EFCC of conducting financial transactions exceeding 500,000 Naira without going through a financial institution.

However, Fani-Kayode pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

It would be recalled that the former Minister was first arraigned in December 2008, before Justice Ramat Mohammed on a 47-count charge.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and was admitted to bail in the sum of 200 Million Naira with two sureties in like sum.

Fani-Kayode, however, was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, following the transfer of Justice Mohammed from the Lagos Division of the court.

He was also re-arraigned before Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia on February 11, 2013 after the transfer of Justice Murtala-Nyako to the Jos Division of the court.

Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia had in November last year dismissed 38 out of the amended 40-count charge against him.

The judge, however, said Mr Fani-Kayode would need to prove his innocence in respect of two counts for which judgment would be given on Thursday.

Fani-Kayode Hopes Other PDP Leaders Will Resign

fani-kayodeThe Director of Media And Publicity for the Goodluck-Sambo Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, says he hopes more members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Working Committee will resign.

Giving his opinion after the Chairman of the PDP, Mr Adamu Mu’azu, resigned on Wednesday, Mr Fani-Kayode said the leader’s resignation was the beginning of a process.

“No Longer Popular”

He said: “Rather than create more fractures or division, it actually enhances unity and gives hope to those that are seeking change at the leadership of the party.

“I sincerely hope that one or two other members of the NWC will follow queue and also leave honourably before they are pushed out.

“When this sort of thing happens what you are in fact doing is that you are enhancing the party’s fortunes.

“When leaders that are no longer popular and no longer have the confidence of the people and party members decide to resign, it give room for fresh new leadership.

“This is a process that has just begun and I sincerely hope that it goes all the way,” Mr Fani-Kayode said.

He, however, pointed out that “not all the NWC members are bad”.

According to him, “there are few like Uche Secondus, who now leads the party, and others that are really good and have done their best”.

“Frankly speaking, there are a number of them that are still there and simply have to go. We will not keep quiet until the others have gone as well,” Mr Fani Kayode said.

The National Chairman of the PDP had in his letter to the party’s leadership cited health reasons for his decision.