Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:02 pm
Femi Fani-Kayode, Nigeria’s former minister of Aviation and spokesman for then campaign organisation for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, says he is prepared for a legal battle with new National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff.
Sheriff, who replaced Adamu Mu’azu, has not had it smooth since he emerged as the chairman of the embattled party some days ago.
Upon his appointment, he met stiff resistance from some members including Fani-Kayode, who insinuated that Sheriff may have founded Boko Haram, the insurgent group responsible for thousands of deaths in North-eastern part of Nigeria and currently spreading to Cameroon.
Sheriff, who has since been fighting to absolve himself of blame concerning Boko Haram, was reported to have threatened to sue.
But Fani-Kayode has said he stands by his allegations against Sheriff and is ready to slug it out with the former Borno governor in court.
In fact, Fani-Kayode says he has consulted his lawyers in readiness for the suit.
“We read the newspaper advert in Thisday newspaper in which Ali Modu Sheriff has threatened to sue Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.
“Though we have not received a formal letter from his lawyers to that effect we wish to inform him and members of the public that we stand by everything that we have said about Sheriff, we have briefed our lawyers, we welcome the suit and we shall gladly meet him in court.
“The days of silencing people with arrogant threats and frivolous litigation are long over. We cannot be silenced by Modu Sheriff’s threat to sue and we are not losing any sleep over it.
“Such a course of action will prove not only to be counter-productive for him but by the time it is all over he will get the shocker of his life,” a statement by Fani-Kayode’s spokesman, Mr. Jude Ndukwe, said late Sunday.