Fani Kayode, a dubious and incurable liar – Governor Shettima

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Below is a press statement by the Media aide of Borno
state governor, Kashim Shettima, discrediting an
allegation made by Femi Fani-Kayode about the
governor over the murder of an ANPP political
candidate during the 2011 elections
“The latest media attack by controversial Chief
Femi Fani Kayode issued on Tuesday, March 10,
2015 has once again exposed him as the dubious
liar that he was, he is and will forever be when he
claimed that Governor Kashim Shettima became
candidate of the ANPP in 2011 after the party’s
flag bearer Fannami Gubio was killed because
Shettima came second at the ANPP Governorship
primary election that was won by Gubio before he
was killed, meaning Shettima stood to benefit
from Gubio’s killing.
For the sake of putting records in proper perspective
and in order to expose Kayode’s deliberate falsehood,
Governor Kashim Shettima did not participate in the
primary election that produced Modu Fannami Gubio as
candidate of the ANPP ahead of the 2011 Governorship
elections in Borno. This contradicts Kayode’s statement
yesterday giving an impression that Shettima was
second at a primary election that was won by Gubio
and so he naturally benefited from Gubio’s
assassination. Of course, the aim is to mischievously
link Shettima with Gubio’s killing and this is to support
the ongoing propaganda of the billionaire Ex-Governor
of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and the PDP aligned to
him to score cheap point ahead of the April 11,
Governorship elections. But then, could it be that
Kayode was handsomely paid to further that
propaganda?
“Well, for the record, the late Gubio contested the 2011
ANPP Governorship primary election with Alhaji Adamu
Yuguda Dibal who was the sitting deputy Governor of
Borno State under Governor Ali Modu Sheriff. The
election held in January, 2011 at Foreshams Hall, a
rented event venue, associated with wife of Governor
Sheriff, located at Dipcharima road, old G.R.A in
Maiduguri. Deputy Governor Dibal and Gubio were the
only two aspirants that contested that ANPP
Governorship primary elections held at night and Gubio
won with 515 votes while the deputy Governor, Dibal
got 169 votes. A total of 709 votes were cast by
delegates at the primary election that held at
Foreshams Hall. This information can be verified from
the google search engine and any journalist in Borno
State can confirm that. In fact, about two months
before the primary elections, Kashim Shettima was one
of the four ANPP chieftains that openly declared he had
no intention to contest the 2011 Governorship elections,
when he was called to speak at an ANPP stakeholders
meeting held at the multi purpose hall of the
Government House, Maiduguri around November in
2011, which was presided over by then Governor Ali
Modu Sheriff and everyone in Borno knows this.
Shettima was not among the first three most likely
persons to secure the ANPP Governorship ticket either
before Gubio’s death of after he was killed. Shettima
was actually new in the ANPP since he joined the Borno
Executive Council only in 2007 as Commissioner of
Finance appointed from his position as a General
Manager in Zenith Bank.
“Ahead of the 2011 Governorship elections in Borno
State, the current Governorship candidate of the PDP in
Borno, Alhaji Mohammed Imam was the most likely
person to be anointed by Sheriff and everyone knows
that Imam was working to marry Sheriff’s daughter and
be anointed the Governorship candidate as he was
about the closest commissioner to Sheriff’s immediate
family but it was later learnt, Sheriff’s extended family
opposed Imam’s choice before the primary election that
was won by Fannami Gubio. So, one could easily say
that he stood the clear chance of being anointed by
Sheriff but it will be reckless to link Imam with Gubio’s
death the same way Fani Kayode did. We are not like
him. After Gubio was killed on Friday, 28 of January,
2011, Shettima naturally didn’t stand the chance of
emerging candidate because he didn’t take part at the
primaries with Gubio contrary to Femi Fani Kayode’s
fabrication that any curious person can immediately
search through the google search engine through
political archives in any media house that reported the
Borno Governorship elections.
“Around February 7, 2011, stakeholders of the ANPP at
an emergency meeting, decided to settle for Kashim
Shettima as a neutral person that showed no
desperation towards the Governorship and also because
Shettima had over the years built tremendous goodwill
due to his kindness and generosity to all categories of
people in Borno State since his days as branch
manager of Zenith bank in Maiduguri whose bank was
the number one financial institution dealing with
numerous public and private accounts. After Shettima
was adopted by ANPP stakeholders, his nomination
was affirmed by delegates at another primary election
that held in February, 2011 and nobody contested
against him, including the Deputy Governor that came
second in the first primary election that produced
Gubio. The reason was because most stakeholders liked
Shettima’s absolute humility, harmlessness, friendliness
and kindness and he has maintained such unique
attributes till date and this is why, 90 percent of the
defunct ANPP (now APC) stakeholders including those
that were very close to Sheriff refused to abandon
Shettima for the PDP. They remained with Shettima
instead of crossing over to PDP with Sheriff in 2014.
We please advise ignorant Kayode to do some research
before making statements so that he doesn’t keep
embarrassing our President and the PDP. Femi Fani
Kayode seem to be one that knows very little and
thinks he knows so much. He should know that he
speaks for the Presidency and not his ignorant self, he
should learn to take very little time to get his facts
right. We understand the extent of hatred he has built
in his desperate heart for no reason but he should
control the hatred and at least say what he can defend
not making dubious falsehoods that keep exposing him.
Being a spokesman goes beyond speaking Queen’s
English, it is about accuracy that should earn one the
trust of his listeners,” the statement read.

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