Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said that the Leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere that recently endorsed Atiku Abubakar, are persons who the masses do not listen to anymore.
The official spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign, made this statement while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
Keyamo said, “There is nothing that is as fraudulent as known PDP members and sympathizers putting on the apparel of socio-political groups and endorsing their own political parties”.
He further noted that “President Buhari is an unusual leader, who has managed to navigate his way through these middlemen and he has reached the people directly in this country”.
The Senior Advocate went on to challenge the socio-political groups to a popularity contest in states where President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to hold his presidential campaign.
He said, “I want to challenge the so-called groups now, we are still on our campaign rally, let them call a rally the same day we arrive their region, I am challenging them openly, I am challenging the faction of Afenifere, we have not gone to Lagos, we have not gone to Ekiti, the day we are arriving Lagos, I am challenging Afenifere to call a rally of Yoruba people at another venue in Lagos and let us see the turn out”.
The challenge was also thrown to the other socio-political groups including the Middle Belt Forum.
“I am challenging the Middle Belt forum, we have not gone to Benue, we have not gone to other places; to know how connected you are with your people, I challenge you to call a rally the same day we are arriving the middle belt and let us see the turn out at your rally and our rally” Keyamo challenged.
The lawyer argued that the leader of these regions, do not have the ears of the people again.
He said, “The people don’t listen to them again, these are people who have over time represented their own interest and of course they are in tune with the philosophy of Atiku Abubakar who says that he will enrich his own friends. So like bees are attracted to honey, these people are attracted to Atiku Abubakar who wants to enrich his friends”.
Keyamo opined that the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by the Leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere, is inconsequential.