The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima has said that the spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign organization, Femi Fani-Kayode is a dubious liar and a manipulator of facts.
Governor says Fani-Kayode is a dubious liar
Shettima stated this after Fani-Kayode accused him of being responsible for the abduction of the missing Chibok girls.
The PDP spokesperson also implied that Shettima was connected to the 2011 murder of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) governorship candidate, Fannami Gubio.
A statement released by Shettima in response reads:
“The latest media attack by controversial Chief Femi Fani Kayode issued on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 has once again exposed him as the dubious liar that he was, he is and will forever be when he claimed that Governor Kashim Shettima became candidate of the ANPP in 2011 after the party's flag bearer Fannami Gubio was killed because Shettima came second at the ANPP Governorship primary election that was won by Gubio before he was killed, meaning Shettima stood to benefit from Gubio's killing.”
“For the sake of putting records in proper perspective and in order to expose Kayode's deliberate falsehood, Governor Kashim Shettima did not participate in the primary election that produced Modu Fannami Gubio as candidate of the ANPP ahead of the 2011 Governorship elections in Borno. This contradicts Kayode's statement yesterday giving an impression that Shettima was second at a primary election that was won by Gubio and so he naturally benefited from Gubio's assassination.”
“Of course, the aim is to mischievously link Shettima with Gubio's killing and this is to support the ongoing propaganda of the billionaire Ex-Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and the PDP aligned to him to score cheap point ahead of the April 11, Governorship elections. But then, could it be that Kayode was handsomely paid to further that propaganda?”
"Well, for the record, the late Gubio contested the 2011 ANPP Governorship primary election with Alhaji Adamu Yuguda Dibal who was the sitting deputy Governor of Borno State under Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. The election held in January, 2011 at Foreshams Hall, a rented event venue, associated with wife of Governor Sheriff, located at Dipcharima road, old G.R.A in Maiduguri.”
“Deputy Governor Dibal and Gubio were the only two aspirants that contested that ANPP Governorship primary elections held at night and Gubio won with 515 votes while the deputy Governor, Dibal got 169 votes. A total of 709 votes were cast by delegates at the primary election that held at Foreshams Hall.”
“Shettima was not among the first three most likely persons to secure the ANPP Governorship ticket either before Gubio's death of after he was killed. Shettima was actually new in the ANPP since he joined the Borno Executive Council only in 2007 as Commissioner of Finance appointed from his position as a General Manager in Zenith Bank.”
“Shettima naturally didn't stand the chance of emerging candidate because he didn't take part at the primaries with Gubio contrary to Femi Fani Kayode's fabrication that any curious person can immediately search through the google search engine through political archives in any media house that reported the Borno Governorship elections.”
“We understand the extent of hatred he has built in his desperate heart for no reason but he should control the hatred and at least say what he can defend not making dubious falsehoods that keep exposing him. Being a spokesman goes beyond speaking Queen's English, it is about accuracy that should earn one the trust of his listeners.”
Fani-Kayode had also accused Shettima and the APC of having inside knowledge about the activities of Boko Haram.
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