Fani-Kayode says he is ready for legal battle with APC

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Jul 3rd, 2014
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Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

The APC had in a statement on Tuesday asked Fani-Kayode to retract the comment he made during an interview on a Channels TV programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’ describing Boko Haram as the armed wing of the opposition party or face the law.

Responding to APC’s threat, the controversial writer described claims by the opposition party that he had a deal with the federal government in his ongoing criminal prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as “not only senile but absurd.”

He however, threatened to sue the party if it also refuses to withdraw its statement that he had cut a deal with the federal government in order to avoid going to jail.

The former Minister said, “The case has been in court for the past seven years and I can say clearly and categorically that no deals have been cut. It is also clear that the prosecution is about to close its case, and for anybody to suggest that some kind of deal has been cut is not only libellous, extremely damaging and deeply malicious but it is also contemptuous of the court proceedings.

“This matter will, of course, be taken up at the highest level and some people will be required to produce the evidence and the strictest proof of this so-called ‘deal’”.

He disclosed that he had instructed his lawyers to send a letter to Lai Mohammed and the APC to urge them to issue a public apology within a specified period, and failing to do so, hewould instigate legal proceedings against them “for this vicious and most malevolent form of libel and defamation of character.”

In another statement obtained by DailyPost in response to the second release by the APC, Fani said the party was issuing an empty threat, asking it to meet him in court.

Read statement below:

I read the second response of Lai Mohammed and the APC to my comments which appeared in today’s newspapers. Does this so-called spokesman for Nigeria’s opposition party have nothing better to do than to join issues with me on a daily basis?

It is reinvigorating and humbling to note that Nigeria’s main opposition party can dedicate and deploy so much time and so many resources just to tackle me. I shall ignore the childish name-calling coming from a supposedly serious-minded political party that is looking for power.

One wonders what you would do to your perceived enemies if, God-forbid, you ever get that power. Needless to say your belated explanations and attempted rationalisations about what you said last year about the Government’s proscription of Boko Haram and your opposition to it makes no sense. It changes nothing.

I repeat, you are a pernicious liar and a shameless coward and your party is filled with such people. The truth is that you are not fit to hold power. Permit me to reiterate that I am not shying away from anything that I said in my interview with Channels TV on June 30th and if you think that I am doing so, you are sadly mistaken.

I look forward to meeting you in court so that I can prove to the world who and what you and your party really are and the pure evil that you represent. Listen to me carefully.

I am calling your bluff, so for goodness sake instead of writing long and laborious press statements just shut up, stop blabbing, put your money where your mouth is, do your worse and let us meet in court.

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