President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly called for the removal of Festus Keyamo as the spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC)/Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Council.
According to a Sahara Reporters report, Buhari and members of the Aso Rock cabals accused Keyamo of always de-marketing the current administration despite being a serving minister.
Recall that, Festus Keyamo who is currently serving as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment in the current administration, was on August 4, 2022, appointed as the spokesperson of Tinubu’s presidential campaign council.
A source said; “Buhari has asked for the removal of Festus Keyamo as the party’s campaign spokesperson. The President accused him of always de-marketing his regime, describing the government in which he is a minister as a failed regime.
He has been described as a loose cannon who is daily demarketing his regime as a failed regime. The cabal members are not happy,” the source said.
For instance, on Sunday, during an interview on Channels Television, Keyamo said Nigerians are hungry and can’t wait to have a new leader who would satisfy their hunger.
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.
“They want to see our policies on agriculture and what Asiwaju has done before as governor of Lagos state, how he improved Lagos and how he will bring that kind of dexterity to Nigeria as a whole.
“That is what they want to see. How do we want to run the country? What do we want to tell Nigerians?”
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha was also said to have insisted on his removal following the latest interview on Channels Television.
“The SSG had to insist on Keyamo’s removal after his reckless outburst on Channels TV yesterday (Sunday). They have already informed the party leadership about this,” the presidential source added.
Meanwhile, the APC has shifted the inauguration of its 422- member Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, to Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
The APC PCC, Media Director and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday night, September 25, 2022, in Abuja.
“The APC Presidential Campaign Council wishes to inform all members nominated to serve in the various directorates to report at the campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at 8 a.m.
“Nominated members are expected to participate in the special prayer sessions marking the commencement of the 2023 presidential election campaigns,” Onanuga said.
He said that there would be a peace walk immediately after the prayers, saying that all nominees would be issued their letters of appointment on the same day.
He congratulated members of the campaign council, saying it was a call to serve the party with total commitment and sacrifice.
“We know this is a call to serve our great party that will demand total commitment and sacrifice from all of us.
“It is the council’s strong belief that all members will work hard to deliver a resounding victory for our great party in the 2023 presidential election.
“We also want to use this medium to express our profound gratitude to all support groups registered with the campaign council.
“We are aware you have been working assiduously to promote our candidates and the party across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),” he said.