"Festus Keyamo is a Certified Nuisance," – Dele Momodu
Dele Momodu, Director of Strategic Communications of Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Council, has knocked Festus Keyamo, the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, describing him as a certified nuisance.
On Sunday, Momodu, the publisher of Ovation Magazine, described the manifesto of Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the APC, as “another attempt by the APC candidate to appropriate Bashorun MKO Abiola's Legacy”. He said the manifesto lacked originality.
The 80-page manifesto tagged ‘Renewed Hope 2023’, was unveiled on Friday.
In a statement issued on Monday, Keyamo said Momodu should stick to “praise-singing” instead of critiquing policy statements.
He added that the PDP’s strategy director is running a ‘cheap’ hatchet job to impress his ‘new paymasters.’
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Momodu knocked Keyamo, saying the minister was not at home the day shame came visiting.
The statement read, “Any self-respecting soul would have since resigned but Festus Keyamo was not at home the day shame came visiting. The Ministry in which he's a mere figurehead is in total shambles and only a Bola Tinubu would have given the job of a spokesperson to such a certified nuisance.
“What did Festus say I did wrong? He quoted copiously from an article I wrote about two years ago, which the Tinubu media teams have been using to campaign endlessly, because they have no stronger voice of their own. I'm indeed flattered.”
Momodu had said in his article on Sunday, “It would be more salutary if he were to run on his own steam instead of copying the memory of a man whose life trajectory was uncommon and whose hope for Nigeria was noble. And the APC candidate should be reminded that 1993 is far different from 2023.
“The late MKO Abiola was known for industry and brilliance. Shall we ask what the APC candidate is known for? Whereas MKO’s Hope ‘93 was a genuine course; for the APC and Nigerians, it’s a forlorn hope and that’s the message of Bola Tinubu and the APC campaign in 2023.
“In all honesty, the 80-page document that the APC has put together comes across as a little more than an insult to the sensibility and needs of Nigerians.
“At a time when the country is in dire need of clear leadership with vision and courage, all the APC seems capable of doing is to generally copy and paste regurgitated ideas of others with nothing original or breath-taking. Asiwaju says he “knows the way”. With due respect, he does not.
“On more than one occasion, he has advertised himself as the architect of the victory of the APC in 2015. Their party’s slogan then was “Change.” In eight years, they have not been able to change anything positively. They have led Nigeria into a ditch. Inflation is close to 21%. Unemployment rate is 33%. The Naira is one of the worst-performing currencies against the dollar in the world.
“The suicide rate in the country has risen terribly because the people have lost hope. Divorce rate too because the APC and its leaders have castrated families, and ruined “the other room”.
“Thus, they have worsened the condition of Nigerians. Now, in 2022, Tinubu says he wants to take Nigerians on a journey. A journey to nowhere, most certainly; or, to be precise - to perdition.”