President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo and a retired American mental health counsellor, Dr Jeffrey Guterman have exchanged words over the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Keyamo, who also doubles as the Director of Media and Public Affairs and official spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, had warned Guterman to stay out of Nigeria’s politics after he tweeted “Shame on you, #fkeyamo” when he (Keyamo) claimed that Obi, was playing the ethnic card to get votes in the coming election.
“As a hired online mercenary without a Nigerian Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC), may I suggest you stay away from our local politics? I am under restraint from professional bodies to which I belong, hence I have not descended on you with the worst expletives.”
To which Guterman replied, “I will not stay away from Nigerian politics, Mr. Mugu
In a fresh exchange between the duo on Wednesday, Keyamo quoted a tweet of Guterman asking for financial help and said.
“My friend #JeffreyGuterman, you should have said this from the word go that you needed financial help, hence your interest in our internal affairs to attract some patronage from supporters here. I am sorry to hear about your financial needs and I wish you well. Goodluck.”
Dr Guterman retorted, “I am not your friend, Mr. Mugu #fkeyamo. But please continue replying to my tweets. You are helping me immensely with my financial problems by allowing me to live rent free in your empty head.”
Recall, that there have been allegations that Guterman and some other foreigners are raising funds for Peter Obi’s campaign.
However, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Abayomi Oluwafemi, has debunked the allegation describing it as part of the antics of political opponents, who were intimidated by the rising profile of the Labour Party and its presidential candidate.
Oluwafemi said: “It is ridiculous that our political opponents have descended to a new low to insinuate that our party is oblivious of electoral laws.
“For the avoidance of doubt, neither our party nor our candidate is seeking for foriegn funding for any of our activities.
“Our candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, is hitting the ground running.
“He is reaching out to Nigerians in the diaspora most of whom have lost confidence in the current administration and see no reason to come home to invest.
“He is getting them ready to have a rethink because the incoming Labour Party-led administration which by the grace of God, he and Datti will be leading, will provide an enabling environment for direct foreign investment required to revive our ailing economy which the APC has unfortunately destroyed.”