In a stunning turn of events, Festus Keyamo, the former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, faced a resounding defeat at the Federal High Court on Monday. As the news reverberated through the political landscape, Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku Abubakar, wasted no time in publicly taunting Keyamo.
In a scathing rebuke, Shaibu called for Keyamo to throw his law certificate into the dustbin, questioning the former minister’s legal competence. The sharp exchange was triggered by Keyamo’s pre-election petition, in which he made sensational and unsubstantiated allegations against Abubakar, the prominent politician.
Keyamo, eager to please his superiors, had swiftly filed a lawsuit seeking an order to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), and other anti-graft agencies to take immediate action on his petition. However, Justice James Omotosho dismissed the suit, deeming it incompetent, and slapped Keyamo with a hefty N10 million fine.
Reacting to the court’s ruling, Shaibu seized the opportunity to criticize Keyamo’s legal prowess. According to him, the judgment served as undeniable proof that the former minister was merely engaged in cheap political maneuvers. Shaibu’s scathing remarks echoed throughout the political sphere, further amplifying Keyamo’s public humiliation.
The clash between Keyamo and Abubakar’s camp had been simmering for months, with both sides engaged in a bitter war of words. Keyamo’s petition alleged financial misconduct and called for the arrest and prosecution of Abubakar. However, the lack of evidence supporting his claims undermined his credibility in the eyes of the court and the public.
As news of the court’s verdict spread, political analysts and commentators offered varying interpretations of the implications. Some saw it as a significant setback for Keyamo, potentially tarnishing his reputation and credibility as a lawyer. Others viewed it as a victory for Abubakar, with his camp basking in the glory of a legal triumph.
The aftermath of this courtroom battle has sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s political landscape. It serves as a cautionary tale to politicians who rely on flimsy allegations and empty rhetoric to further their agendas. The importance of substantiated claims and a solid legal foundation has once again been underscored, reminding the public of the need for integrity and honesty in the pursuit of justice.
As the dust settles, Festus Keyamo finds himself grappling with the consequences of his defeat, while Atiku Abubakar’s aides celebrate a hard-fought victory. The ramifications of this case extend far beyond the courtroom, leaving an indelible mark on the political careers of those involved and setting a precedent for future battles in Nigeria’s complex and ever-evolving political landscape.
He wrote, “Keyamo’s incompetence has been confirmed by Justice Omotosho. One wonders how he was elevated to the rank of senior advocate. Despite several clarifications that the allegations levelled against Atiku were trumped up, Keyamo refused to listen to reason.
“Rather than act like a refined lawyer as expected of a senior advocate, he decided to act like a political jobber. Now, he has been disgraced before the entire world. This was a man who served under the legendary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi? What a shame!”
Shaibu remarked that Keyamo’s recent loss was expected, considering his track record of losing numerous high-profile cases during his tenure as an EFCC prosecutor.
He said, “When the jobless former minister was filing the frivolous case, we informed Nigerians that he would lose. The prediction was in line with his antecedent as a failed EFCC prosecutor. Today, we have been justified.
“He was the EFCC prosecutor against Governor Timipre Sylva but he lost the case. He represented the EFCC against Femi Fani-Kayode and also lost.
“Even the case he instituted against the Lagos State House of Assembly during the Tinubu certificate scandal marked ID/639M/99, Keyamo didn’t do better. In the case of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, in which Keyamo was the lead prosecutor, it also ended in another an abysmal failure.
“Keyamo made a name for himself by constantly filing frivolous suits in order to entertain the media. He needs to throw his law certificate into the dustbin so he can face his job as a social media influencer.”