Court Adjourns Fani-Kayode’s Money Laundering Case To July 1

Court Adjourns Fani-Kayode's Money Laundering Case To July 1A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi in Lagos State, south-west Nigeria, has adjourned  to July 1, the 2.1 million Naira money laundering suit against former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode.

Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia had fixed Thursday for the judgement after the adoption of final written addresses and arguments by the defence and prosecution counsel.

She cited the absence of Prosecuting Counsel, Festus Keyamo, as reason for not delivering the judgement.

The trial in the case filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) began in 2008 before Justice Ramat Mohammed, with an initial charge of laundering about 230 million Naira while Mr Fani-Kayode was a Federal Minister.

The charge was later amended and the amount reduced to 100 million Naira and finally 2.1 million Naira, with the judge dismissing 38 out of the 40 counts leveled by the EFCC against Mr Fani-Kayode.

Fani-Kayode was the Director of Media and Publicity for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation during the 2015 elections.

Fani-Kayode Reacts To Statement By Oba Of Lagos

Fani-KayodeThe Director of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s alleged threat to Igbos in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu was reported to have warned Igbo leaders living in Lagos that if they vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, they would be in trouble.

In a meeting with Eze Ndigbos in Lagos, Oba Akiolu had warned,”if any of you goes against Ambode, whom I picked, that is your end”.

“If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me”.

Reacting to this warning, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode said that the Oba’s statement, demanding the Igbos to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode or be ready to “perish inside the lagoon” is ominous and unacceptable.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Fani-Kayode said that the threat is not one that would be swept under the carpet and warned against further intimidation of PDP members no matter their ethnic or religious background.

He added that, “we want peace and we want harmony in this country, but no one or group of people would be allowed to turn us or our supporters into slaves or give us sleepless nights”.

Mr Fani-Kayode said: “The truth is that we were threatened with ethnic cleansing and religious carnage in the North had Buhari not won the presidential election on March 28 and had President Jonathan not quickly conceded defeat. We let that go and kept the peace, but now, our traditional supporters are being threatened in Lagos and in many other states as we approach the April 11 governorship elections.

“Let two things be clearly understood. In as much as we all want peace in this country and as Jonathan has graciously and quickly conceded defeat in the presidential election, this does not mean that we are weak or powerless.

“Let it be clearly understood by all and sundry that any attempt to kill, maim or molest our supporters in the North, in the West or indeed in any other part of the country either before, during or after Saturday’s governorship elections or any attempt at ethnic or religious cleansing by the APC, their supporters or their friends and agents, would be deemed unacceptable and would be met with defiance, contempt and a well-orchestrated and solid resistance.”

Mr Fani-Kayode also stated, “These APC threats and all the attendant rubbish that go with them must stop. No one is intimidated on our side and neither do we fear for the future because God is with us; He is faithful and He is in perfect control. This is an election and it is not a war. So, we must be civilised, restrained, gentle and courteous in all our ways and dealings.

“The APC would do well to remember that they only won the presidential election by two million votes. They got 14 million votes while the PDP got 12 million votes in that election. This means that we have 12 million loyal foot soldiers and supporters in this country and that is no mean feat. Those 12 million voters cannot be ignored or treated with disdain and contempt. They must and will be respected.”

PDP Calls For Cancellation Of Elections In Four Northern States

pdpThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the cancellation of  Saturday’s presidential elections in four northern states over alleged irregularities.

The states are Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina.

According to the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, under aged voters were allowed to vote by officials in Kano and Katsina States.

Mr Secondus also alleged that results were fabricated from some Local Government Areas in Gombe State, where voting never took place because of attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on the day of the elections.

He also decried online reports claiming victory of the opposition over the PDP.

Meanwhile, spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has insisted that the ruling party is sure of victory over the APC.

However, the Director, Media, Information Management Directorate of Buhari Support Organization, Mr Chidi Maduekwe, swiftly condemned the claims of victory, calling it a breach of Electoral Act and an attempt to cause violence.

PDP, Others Oppose Use Of Card Readers For Polls

Card Readers For Election in NigeriaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation and some political Parties have rejected the use of card readers during the forthcoming general elections, that had been shifted to March 28 and April 11.

In an interview with media in Abuja on Wednesday, the spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, said the ruling party would resist moves to go ahead with the use of card readers during the elections.

At a separate news conference, representatives of some political Parties also expressed their opposition to the use of card readers for the elections as they said it had not been tested and as such could not be trusted.

According to the group, the use of card readers is a ploy to disenfranchise citizens in the coming elections.

Mr Fani-Kayode said that the position of the PDP on the issue was not different, stressing that the ruling party would resist the use of card readers during the elections.

“Our position remains that the machine has not been tested in any election and there are basis for joining concerns over the use of the for the first time in a crucial election of this magnitude.

“We are aware of plots by the APC to use the card readers to frustrate accreditation in some part of the country while not enforcing strict use of the machine in other parts,” he said.

At first, it was the representatives of 15 political parties that threatened to boycott the elections and take legal action if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insisted on the use of card readers during the elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier opposed a suit challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the use of the electronic Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the general elections.

The suit was filed by the Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights (SAPPR) and it came up for mention at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday.

It is challenging the power of the INEC to use of the electronic voting system without legislation by the National Assembly.

But the PDP now kicks against the use of the card reader.

The INEC, through the National Director in charge of Information and Voter Education, Dr Chris Iyimoga, noted that the commission would conduct a field testing of the card readers, which would be deployed for the accreditation of voters in the forthcoming general elections to reduce electoral frauds.

The Commission, which said it had satisfactorily tested the card readers before the re-scheduling of the elections, had set aside March 7, to rigorously test the card readers technology in two states of each geo-political zone, to ensure its mastery before the elections.