A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Fani Kayode, has given the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, seven days to retract the alleged libelous statements made against him or risk a law suit.
In a letter written by his lawyer, Ahmed Raji (SAN), Fani-Kayode said the statement by Mohammed to the effect that he (Fani-Kayode) was patronising the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, so as to avoid going to jail in respect of a criminal charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was libelous.
Raji stated that the statement had lowered the estimation of his client in the opinion of right thinking members of the society.
The said the statement which was published in a newspaper (not THISDAY) read: "'Equally responsible and condemnable is Mr. Fani-Kayode's deliberate distortion of statements made in the past by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari to mean that he or his party is a sympathiser of Boko Haram," the party said.
"It said Fani-Kayode's latter day castigation of opposition politicians, after he returned to his vomit and repudiated all the damaging statements he made publicly in the past about the PDP and the Jonathan administration, is not based on any altruistic considerations.
"It is common knowledge that Fani-Kayode has been charged by the federal government with money laundering. The trial is almost ending, and he knows he faces a certain jail term if convicted.
"It is therefore not impossible that Fani-Kayode may be seeking to ingratiate himself to the federal government by using various media platforms to destroy APC through accusing its leaders of being Boko Haram sponsors or that the party is bent on fielding a Muslim/Muslim ticket in next year's presidential elections."'
Fani-Kayode said since the publication, he had been bombarded with numerous inquiries from all over the world and that he had since been put under severe pressure of providing explanations.
Apart from asking that the statement be retracted, he also demanded that an unreserved apology be tendered.