Keyamo’s Petition To DSS – Caseless, Says LP PCC Yunusa Tanko
Yunusa Tanko, the chief spokesperson for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, referred to Festus Keyamo’s allegations in the petition he submitted to the Department of State Services as “baseless.”
Tanko’s response comes after Keyamo accused Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, and Datti Baba-Ahmed, his running mate, of making incendiary remarks that could spark a rebellion against the Federal Government and the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a letter to the DSS.
The Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity claimed that among other things, Obi hired young social media influencers to post inflammatory messages to incite panic among Nigerians after the election.
Further efforts by The PUNCH to make Kenyamo validate the claims were unsuccessful.
He specifically declined to disclose the name and precise address of the Abuja hotel where the social media influencers were allegedly camped out.
Keyamo insisted that such private information was not intended for media leaks but rather was intended for security personnel.
In response, Tanko criticized the minister for not being open about matters of national concern despite claiming to be a “patriotic citizen” in a conversation with our correspondent.
While denying that Datti called for insurrection or engaged in any treasonous activity, the LP campaign spokesman did point out that Datti was a free man with the legal right to exercise his fundamental right to freedom of expression.
“Keyamo is just making irrational accusations,” he declared. He is a well-known troublemaker who fears losing his status in the eyes of his employer. He is a political paperweight who, in his role as a minister, has accomplished nothing other than agitating the public on social media.
“Datti has the fundamental right to freedom of expression as a free citizen of this nation. He never advocated rebellion or any treasonous behaviour.
“The fact that Keyamo discussed healing indicates that Nigeria is ill. That means he acknowledged that the elections for governor and state assembly on March 18 and the presidential election on February 25, which declared his principal the winner, were tainted by fraud, severe violence, voter suppression, and intimidation.