The news of the sack of the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Festus Keyamo, was reported on Monday, stating that his sack was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Newsonline reports that Keyamo was accused according to the online report by the presidency of demarketing and deemphasizing the achievements of President Buhari as APC campaign spokesman.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment in reaction to the report said it was plan of the opposition to cause distraction in the movement of the Tinubu campaign team.
Keyamo wrote, “Very funny fake news. When people feel uncomfortable with your uncompromising defence of your mandate, they promote such fake news to achieve a purpose. The opposition thinks they can plant stories to destabilize our ranks. This is the height of the panic mode they find themselves.”
In a reaction on Monday night, the Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari, Garba Shehu said the report that claimed the president demanded the immediate sack of Keyamo as campaign council spokesman was false.
Shehu added that the president is pleased with the work of Keyamo: “The news that President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the removal of Festus Keyamo, SAN as a spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council is fake news.”
He added that “Both President Buhari and the Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are happy with the job Keyamo doing, and with the general set up of the impending campaign, which has already become an example for other parties.
“We aware that conspiracy theories are being hatched with a ripple effect to defame our party leaders and hold back the campaign. Supporters of our candidates should not pay attention to “news” from these fountains of false narratives.”
The former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs who was appointed Tinubu campaign spokesman on August 5, on Sunday while speaking on Channels Television programme said Nigerians are hungry and need a leader who will feed them and not the religion of the leader.
When asked to discuss the APC’s campaign issues for the 2023 elections, Keyamo said, “Nigerians are hungry, they want to see how that hunger will be addressed, not how their Christian faith or Muslim faith will be addressed.”