In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 26th, August, 2020

‘Femi Fani-Kayode Despatched His Aide To Threaten Me And Additionally Promised To Get Me Sacked’

'Femi Fani-Kayode Sent His Aide To Threaten Me And Also Promised To Get Me Sacked'


 Journalist, Eyo Charles Shares His Personal Aspect Of The Story

Eyo Charles, the Day by day Belief reporter who had a conflict with former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode over a query he requested, has shared his personal facet of the story.

In response to the journalist, FFK misplaced his cool even after directing that every one the journalists he invited ought to “ask any method of query.” He additionally alleged that FFK despatched his aide to threaten him and likewise promised to get him sacked from his agency.

He Mentioned;

“Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister and former spokesman to former  President Oluseegun Obasanjo, just lately misplaced his cool when he rounded up his go to to Cross River State the place he spent a couple of week.

To climax the go to, he had requested Alhaji Rasheed Olanrewaju of the AIT to ask some media homes in order that he might relay the report of his intensive guided tour of Governor Ben Ayade’s initiatives, principally within the southern a part of the state.

The invitation was prolonged to Day by day Belief newspaper, a frontline nationwide newspaper I’ve labored for since early 2011.

It was a chance to listen to extra from the previous minister on claims he made that if the PDP denied Gov Ben Ayade management of all get together buildings within the state, himself, Ayade and variety of politicians would go away the get together. It might be attention-grabbing to learn and see his physique language over his newfound romance with Ayade, I believed.

The press briefing was mounted for Thursday, August 20 by 10.30 am at Ayade’s non-public lodge located adjoining to his palatial home within the State Housing Property, Calabar.

The lodge was believed to have been moribund prior to now. However having been refurbished, distinguished individuals and authorities visitors are routed there as an alternative of to the large, well-furnished state-government-owned Lakeside Resort at Tinapa Enterprise Resort or different presidential lodges in Calabar.

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The federal government home press crew together with Channels TV, NTA, the state-owned Cross River Broadcasting Company, AIT led by Mr Christian Ita, the chief press secretary, Imani Odey (particular adviser to Ayade on digital media) and Rasheed Olanrewaju, correspondent of AIT (chairman of Authorities Home Press Crew) have been all current. As have been journalists from some nationwide papers corresponding to Mr Gill Nsa-Abasi of The Nation, Aniekan Aniekan of Oracle Right now, David Odey of The Punch, Richard Ndoma of Management, George Odok of NAN, Ikechukwu Uche of Vanguard, and so on.

Fani-Kayode got here along with his personal media staff and safety particulars, together with cops, a few of whom he shouted at, even in entrance of journalists, carried his baggage.

The previous minister spent over one hour talking extremely of Gov Ayade, extolling his tutorial and political qualities and the way his acumen, sagacity, intelligence and flexibility have largely been ignored even with a plethora of initiatives he has initiated within the state.

FFK stated he was in Cross River to see his good friend, Ayade, whom he has been drawn to on account of his extraordinary achievements with concerning the poorest federal allocation.

He stated quickly after the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted, he visited Zamfara, Anambra and 5 different states to satisfy with the governors, to appraise the extent of their initiatives.

He stated though a PDP man, his visits have been throughout get together traces. For example, in Anambra State, he might see that his host, Gov Willie Obiano, an APGA governor, was establishing the most important airport within the nation. However when he shared the key with Ayade, Ayade instructed him he had already acquired practically 1 / 4 of Obudu LGA, the place he hails from, for a world cargo airport. On completion, it will be the most important within the nation.

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In response to FFK, he agreed with them over what he noticed in each states, having himself constructed the Port Harcourt airport when he was aviation minister.

He additionally spoke about how Bakassi was unjustly ceded to Cameroon when he was in Obasanjo’s authorities, and the way the Supreme Courtroom nailed the plight of Cross River by ceding the 76 oil wells within the state to Akwa Ibom, thereby making the latter the richest state within the nation. He pleaded that the federal authorities ought to revisit each thorny points, and likewise create a particular standing for Cross River.

Time for questions Christian Ita moderated. However Olanrewaju interjected and sought permission from the ex-minister that questions be restricted to what FFK has stated.

However FFK himself stated, “There isn’t any downside in any respect. They need to ask any method of query.”

Many requested questions. Gill Nsa of The Nation, as an illustration, requested whether or not his nationwide tour had any political undertone corresponding to having presidential ambition. A reporter from the state-owned TV requested if a few of the 33 initiatives he stated Ayade had embarked upon, such because the 278km superhighway from Bakassi to the border of Benue State in addition to the deep seaport weren’t, in reality, white elephant initiatives.

FFK disagreed strongly and stated what Ayade wants is for the Federal Authorities to take over the initiatives and that Nigerians would see that the superhighway, as an illustration, would enhance commerce and combine Nigerians.

Now the query that will break the camel’s again! Once I was recognised, I requested, “Sir, please you didn’t confide in us who’s bankrolling you…”

FFK didn’t permit me to land with the query when he threw warning to the wind and shouted at me, and stated the press briefing was over.

He then rained horrible abuses on me, calling me unprintable names, accusing me of being sponsored to return and ask questions and insult him.

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“How dare you ask me such a really silly query? I do know that you simply, a hungry-looking, brown envelop journalist, you’re sponsored to ask me such [an] insulting query. You may look into my eyes and ask me such a demeaning query? I can not take that!”

The tirade went on and on, throughout which period he threatened to name my employers to have me sacked.

It took the intervention and pleas of the chief press secretary to Governor Ayade, Mr Christian Ita and different journalists earlier than the ex-minister dismissed me, saying “You may go forward and write your garbage. I’ve marked you.”

When he returned to his suite, he despatched one in every of his safety aides to additional threaten me.

The person accosted me, saying what effrontery I needed to ask such a silly query, and what my subsequent motion was going to be.

Sensing how tensed the ambiance was, I stated to the person, “I had apologized to the ex-minister. If the utilization of the phrase ‘bankroll’ was offensive to him, then I withdraw it. What extra ought to I do?”

Now the ex-minister is circulating a doctored video claiming I used to be impolite to him. Nothing might be farther from the reality! I’ve a modest background and I’m properly educated as a excessive priest to respect folks of all standing.

This additionally goes to colleagues who’ve known as to precise unhappiness that I didn’t ‘give it again to FFK’.

The aforementioned journalists needs to be requested if I stated anything, in addition to the query, that might be thought-about impolite.


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