*I was not indicted, says Fani-Kayode
LAGOS — Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described as a primitive, display of self- righteousness, comments credited to the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode over last Thursday’s crash of an Associated Airline in Lagos.
Fani-Kayode has however, joined issues with PDP, saying, “I was not indicted of stealing any money by the Senate Aviation Committee that they referred to in 2008.”
PDP in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Abdullahi Jalo, said it was unbecoming of a man that used every opportunity to sermonise on virtues of his faith to employ the occasion of any air mishap to vaunt an un-existing legacy as former aviation minister.
Jalo noted that PDP stood firmly on its exhortation to the aviation authority that last Thursday’s mishap should not constitute a set-back to the progress so far achieved in the sector.
He said: “In a very short space of six months that Femi was Minister, he posted an enviable record in tribalism and nepotism when he employed a record 45 managers for different parastatals under the Aviation Ministry from his native Osun State.
He went further to retire many officers of the director cadre, replacing them with incompetent cronies.
Fani-Kayode, on his part, said: “PDP issued a typically infantile and nonsensical response to my essay in the Vanguard Newspaper. It was nothing but the usual lies, abuse, falsehood, baseless allegations and disjointed verbiage.
“I wonder if the individual that issued that statement even went to school, considering the poor language and grammatical errors.
“That is what the old PDP has degenerated to now. A party of liars, scammers, blackmailers, thugs and gangsters.
“I will not dignify with a response to most of what they said other than to say that I was not indicted of stealing any money by the Senate Aviation Committee that they referred to in 2008.”