Nigerian journalist and Director of Strategic Communications of Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council, Dele Momodu has described the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo as a media creation that needs the oxygen of attention to survive.
Momodu in a statement on Wednesday said Keyamo is desperate to get an appointment, hence the constant verbal attacks against him to prove his relevance.
Reports the two personalities have been locked in a war of words after Momodu on Sunday, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu of copying the 1993 manifesto of late Chief MKO Abiola as his own master plan for 2023.
Most recently, Keyamo who is the spokesperson of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council on Wednesday described Momodu as a hopeless clown whose loyalty only lies where he can make money.
In a quick response, Momodu said Keyamo has been deteriorating ever since he took up an appointment with the Muhammadu Buhari government.
He added that the Minister needs urgent deliverance.
The statement from Momodu reads, “Dear Festus, once again I’m compelled to respond to your diatribe against my person just because I critiqued the manifesto of your presidential candidate, Chief Bola Tinubu.
“I will only state the following for the records:
“You and I never interacted much other than on occasions when you needed free publicity as always and would do anything for attention. There was the occasion when you had a controversial battle with your date and I called to appeal to you to do the needful. I also called on you at your office to congratulate you on the attainment of your Senior Advocate of Nigeria status.
“On all occasions, you accorded me the respect that I earned and deserve.
You will recall that you practically photobombed yourself into our picture the day I walked into Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s apartment in London because it was an opportunity for you to trend. You’re a media creation and we supplied you the oxygen regularly.”
Why I Didn’t Join APC
Momodu continued that, unlike Keyamo, he refused to join the APC because he is not desperate for an appointment.
He added that while he was with the APC, he contributed massively to the progress of the party and the success of President Muhammadu Buhari at the polls but upon realizing that the APC has no good plan for Nigerians, he apologized to the people of the country for his past support and dumped the ruling party.
“Let me note that unlike you, I was not desperate for any appointment and so did not join APC when I humbly supported Buhari. There was never a time I discussed APC with you, when I had direct access to your Bosses. I discovered the rudderlessness of APC government early enough and promptly, and publicly, apologized to Nigerians for my past support.
“History would forever record my modest contribution to that blistering campaign for which my impact was considered significant,” he said.
I Am Happy To Celebrate Ambode
Momodu said he is proud of his association with former Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, and contrary to what Keyamo claimed, he didn’t betray the former Governor.
The PDP chieftain added that his magazine is a proud product of great minds and great works.
He said: “On Governor Akinwumi Ambode, he had so much to offer and showcase to the world and I was happy to celebrate him amongst the pantheon of great African leaders with remarkable infrastructure projects, in the league of President John Mahama and Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Ovation International has remained consistent with this great tradition. Our job is too serious and very different from that of a busybody Lawyer who jumps into every case just for hype.”
You Are Confused
Momodu ended the statement by claiming Keyamo is confused and needs urgent deliverance from his current state of mind.
“I noticed your rapid deterioration since you took on this job of Junior Minister in a Ministry bedevilled with so much confusion. You need urgent deliverance from your present giddiness and I would gladly oblige you the services of an exorcist… Your Brother, Dele Momodu,” the statement concluded.