Festus Keyamo, who once sued the Lagos State house of assembly for clearing the then governor on allegations of certificate forgery, has been appointed as spokesman for APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu campaign organisation.
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, in 1999, sued the Lagos State House of Assembly for clearing then Governor Bola Tinubu of allegations of certificate forgery and perjury.
Keyamo, who is now the spokesman for the Tinubu Campaign Organisation ahead of the 2023 general elections, had In the case entitled, ‘Keyamo vs Lagos State House of Assembly’ with docket number ID/639M/99, in 1999 Keyamo convoked all 41 members of the house before justice C.O Segun of the Lagos State high court and insisted that the chief judge investigate Tinubu for forgery.
He had argued that the court should determine that only the chief judge could investigate Tinubu for certificate forgery.
Late Gani Fawehinmi had accused Tinubu of forging his school certificates and sought an order of the court compelling the police to investigate him.
The court ruled that because Tinubu enjoyed immunity at the time, noting that only the Lagos House of Assembly could investigate him.
The assembly subsequently investigated him and within a week, he was cleared of all wrongdoing. Dissatisfied with the resolution of the legislators, Keyamo, who was a mentee of Fawehinmi sued all the members of the state legislature for clearing Tinubu.
In the origination motion, Keyamo noted that Tinubu had in the forms he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), stated that he attended Government College, Ibadan, from 1965 to 1968 and then proceeded to Richard Daley College, Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 1969 to 1971 before completing his studies at the Chicago State University in 1979 but that the certificates were lost.
Keyamo recalled that based on the allegations that the certificates were forged, the Lagos State House of Assembly set up a five-member panel that investigated Tinubu for only four days and could not have done a thorough job.
He added that the assembly lacked the constitutional power to investigate perjury and its findings were thus null and void. However, the court struck out the matter because it was not supported by an affidavit.
Keyamo took the case to the Court of Appeal where he lost again and then to the Supreme Court where he was finally defeated.
Keyamo claimed in his response to The Africa Report that he was only contesting the Lagos Assembly’s right to exonerate Tinubu, not the report’s actual conclusions. But Ejes Gist Newspaper has verified that Festus Keyamo challenged the outcome of the Lagos State assembly clearing then Governor Bola Tinubu of allegations of certificate forgery and perjury and he insisted that the court should trail Bola Tinubu for certificate forgery.
The party also announced that Hannatu Musawa will deputise the minister in the campaign communication team.
APC national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday, August 3.
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In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, August 6, the PDP youth group made the announcement in response to Keyamo’s most recent remarks regarding the ASUU strike.
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