The All Progressives Congress on Monday threatened legal action against Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, and the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign following their claim of an oath-taking pact between its vice presidential candidate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
APC said it would commence legal proceedings unless the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and its Director of Media produce evidence on the purported oath-taking agreement between and the planned resignation of Osinbajo for Tinubu, in the event of a Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the March 28 presidential election.
This was contained in a statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Malam Garba Shehu.
The APC campaigners warned the PDP and Fani-Kayode to either show evidence of the oath-taking or retract the libelous claims within 72 hours or be ready to defend its claims in a court of law.
The statement partly read, “For the PDP, through Fani-Kayode, to state publicly that an erudite Professor of Law, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a reputable Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, swore to an oath to vacate his seat as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should the party win the forthcoming election, is an attack on the hard-won integrity and the reputation of these great Nigerians and APC stalwarts.
“We view this as both slanderous and libelous, and therefore, will not leave the matter to chance. To this effect, we hereby give Femi Fani-Kayode and the PDP 72 hours to produce evidence or in the alternative issue public apology to Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and our party, the APC, or be prepared to be charged to the court of law.”
In another development, the APC campaign said President Goodluck Jonathan has himself to blame for the poor quality of aides and advice that he has benefited from them since his days as the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State.
The APC Campaign Organisation added that the recent statement credited to the President that most of the advice from his aides had been worthless 80 per cent of the time, was a clear demonstration that the President lacked sound judgment, saying a leader was only as good as those who were around him.
Shehu said, “We, in the APC, consider it an act of God especially a few weeks to the March 28, 2015 Presidential poll that President Jonathan, who insists on his re-election, should make this revelation, which to a large extent, gives a deep insight into his person and character.”