…says all, part of plots to intimidated to silence
…wonder when it was crime to speak for GEJ, PDP and or oppose Buhari,
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Immediate past spokesman for Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PDP-PCO) Femi Fani-Kayode Has dismissed media allegations that his directorate received N1.7bn public fund to execute it’s assignment.
Describing the media report as false, Fani-Kayode said all funds used were from donations from private individuals and corporate bodies that aligned their visions with that of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential candidate Gppdluck Ebele Jonathan.
He said the smear campaign against his person was uncalled for as no presidential campaign, the world over was executed on mere goodwill as newspaper pages and radio/television airtime were fully paid for to send messages on behalf of the PDP and its presidential candidate during the elections.
Fani alleged that he was being targeted in the whole smear campaign in a bid to silence him by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government stressing that some personsons within the APC concerned about his welbieng had hinted him about the plot against him.
He stressed for the record that neither himself nor the media directorate received or got a kobo of public funds for their assignment at the time and noted that the All Progressives Congress out-spent the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 presidential election.
According to Fani: “I read with amusement the allegation that was made in saharareporters, the unofficial media wing of the Buhari administration, the SSS and the EFCC,, that I was given 1.7 billion naira cash by President Goodluck Jonathan. This is false. A few hours later they changed their story and said that I received 1.7 billion naira from the office of the former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki. This is also false.
“I have never received one kobo from President Jonathan himself, Colonel Dasuki or any other member of President Jonathan’s government. I have not ever been in receipt of any public funds and neither was I the beneficiary of any payments in cash, transfer, cheque or otherwise from any government official during the tenure of President Jonathan.
“As Director of Media and Publicity of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign organisation I received money on behalf of the Directorate of Media and Publicity which I headed from private individuals and companies during the election campaigns but these were not public funds but rather private contributions specifically for the Presidential and other campaigns.
“These private individuals and companies paid their contributions into a designated account which was provided and controlled by the Director of Finance and from there she transferred it to the accounts of the various Directors and various individuals that were running for public office that the PCO supported.
“The money that was sent to me for my Directorate by the Director of Finance was used in a lawful and responsible manner and by the time the campaigns were over my Directorate had paid all of its bills for services rendered and was not owing any media house or anyone else one kobo.
“The Presidential candidate of our party President Goodluck Jonathan, the D-G of the PCO, the Auditor of the PCO, the Advisor to the PCO and the Director of Finance of the PCO all received reports and saw the results of the efforts of my Directorate. Not only were they satisfied with our efforts but they also commended us.
“Those private individuals and companies that were kind enough to support and fund President Jonathans presidential campaign with their hard earned money were perfectly within their rights to do so and they were more than happy with our efforts as well.
“They also commended us. Even though we ended up losing the election we fought a very virile, strong, visible, historic and aggressive campaign and the Nigerian people can attest to this. The encounter with the APC was an epic one and it was probably the most active and gruelling electoral battle in the history of our country.
“Not one kobo of public funds was spent by or given to my Directorate during the campaign and as far as I am aware not one kobo of public funds was spent by or given to the PCO. Presidential campains all over the world cost huge amounts of money and Nigeria is no different.
“This is especially so when it comes to publicity and media. My Directorate was difficult to run and our work was capital intensive. We did not use marshmellows, pebbles and grass to pay for all the services rendered to us and all the television and newspaper adverts were fully paid for with money.
“Nothing was done or given to us free of charge by anyone. This should not be a surprise to anyone as the APC and President Buhari’s campaign organisation did the same.
“We also audited our accounts regularly and insisted on the highest level of professionalism from all those that worked for or with us.”
He wondered when such matters have become a crime or subjects of criminal investigations and demanded his accusers to make bold their position on whether it was a crime to speak for former President Goodluck Jonathan, head his media wing of the PCO, or speak for the PDP?
His words: “If it was a crime to speak up for Jonathan during the campaign they should just say so.
“If it is a crime to be a member of the PDP and to be in oppositon they should just say so. If it is a crime to speak up for and defend President Jonathan and key members of his government after he has left office they should just say so.
“If it is a crime to oppose the Buhari administration and speak up against his gross violations of human rights that they are indulging in and the violation of court orders they should just say so.
“During the 2015 elections the PCO and my Directorate spoke up and campaigned for many PDP members who were running for public office and we funded and worked for them too. That was our job and I am very proud of the PCO and the role we all played despite limited resources.
“I have always known this yet I refuse to run away or to be silenced and I will not be cowered. Though I have been warned and told over and over again by those amongst them who care for my well being that I have been listed down and targeted for persecution I am not in the least bit concerned about their evil plans for me. My life and destiny is in the hands of God and not theirs and He will fight for me and vindicate me.”
The for Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization spokesman, said he is sure that the period of pain would be subdued with better days.
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