Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo has responded to group’s call for him to Resign
Festus Keyamo, the country’s minister of state for labour and employment, claims that no law prohibits him from acting as the spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.
In response to Transition Monitoring Group’s (TMG) request that he step down as minister so that he can carry out his campaign appointment impartially, Keyamo asserted that the group is supported by opposition parties.
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“First off, I don’t mean to denigrate them, but these are people who are openly aligned with opposition parties while posing as CSOs.
“We are familiar with them. I don’t remember these individuals ever making a statement like this during the PDP era, when PDP ministers were actively engaged in presidential campaign activities.
For instance, in 2015, Kabiru Turaki, my brother and special duties minister, served as the PDP/Jonathan campaign council’s deputy director-general (North).
These figures remained silent. Therefore, you can be certain that the PDP is speaking through one of its NGOs.
The Minister further asserted that if his appointment as the party’s spokesperson for the presidential campaign is rejected, that would deprive him of his fundamental human right to freedom of association.
“I have the right to take part in party activities because I am a full member of my party, the APC.
My meagre salary is deducted each month for my party dues, which are then sent to the party.
“Directorship in a campaign council is similar to other party activities in every way. Because I am a minister, they want to take away my fundamental human right to freedom of association.
There are no competing interests, thirdly. I can’t spot any. Am I running for office using public resources? In no way. We have an APC campaign office, and my private quarters are more opulently furnished than my minister’s office.
Even the vehicle I drive for media appearances is not a ministry vehicle. The ministry hasn’t given me a single car for personal use since I started serving as a minister. I have been giving up my personal vehicles and resources for the country.
My permanent secretary can attest that this is now on the record. After my shift is over, on the weekends, or during a break, I grant interviews.
“Fourth, campaign managers—at least me—are volunteers. The claim of double privilege (whatever that means) is untrue because we do not receive a single salary or other compensation for our work.
What does the law say at fifty? Political appointees must resign, according to Section 84 of the Electoral Act, in order to run for any party office or public office.
Ad hoc appointments for party activities were not mentioned. In a strict sense, no laws are being broken here.
“Therefore, the so-called position of these people is illogical, unsupported by evidence, and should be rejected.
They are uneasy about our staunch defence of our party and government as well as the spotless presentation of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our candidate.
I’m sorry to let them down, but I will work for both my party and my country.
That is the latest Naija News Today on Festus Keyamo