Keyamo an embarrassment to the legal profession – Atiku
The Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council on Friday described Festus Keyamo (SAN), Chief Spokesperson of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council as an embarrassment to the legal profession over his suit against former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
Keyamo, who is the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, on Friday made good his threat to sue Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over alleged corrupt practices.
At the expiration of the 72-hour ultimatum to the EFCC, ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to arrest, interrogate and prosecute Atiku for allegedly fleecing public funds, Keyamo dragged the three anti-graft agencies to court and joined Atiku in the suit dated January 20, 2023.
Listed as First defendant is Atiku Abubakar Campaign Office in Wuse II Abuja while second defendant is Federal Secretariat Complex, Annex III, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja.
The Third defendant is Plot 802, Constitution Avenue,Central Area, Abuja while the 4th defendant is Plot 301/302, Institution and Research Cadastral, District Jabi, Abuja.
Announcing the suit on Friday on Twitter, Keyamo wrote: “#ATIKUGATE: Following the expiration of my 72-hour ultimatum, I have proceeded to the Federal High Court, Abuja suing Atiku, CCB, ICPC & EFCC and asking for invitation/arrest and investigation of Atiku over the SPV saga. I have a rich history of such battles and I am not stopping.”
However, speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Dr. Daniel Bwala, a legal expert and spokesperson of the Atiku Campaign Council described Keyamo’s suit as laughable.
He said “I saw the processes that was filed by the spokesman of APC against our candidate and he joined, very strangely in addition to the EFCC and Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), he joined address of buildings”.
” This is laughable because even students of law in universities or chambers attachments during Law School, they know the legality or otherwise of personalities that can sue or be sued. They know whether the case is one that is dead or arrival or not”.
“Secondly, it is so intriguing that somebody who is a serving Minister of the cabinet is also appearing in court by proxy using his own chambers”.
“We have even heard that their campaign is struggling due to lack of finances while some people are using this case as means of getting their own professional fees”.
“Otherwise all you need to do is just to go to the streets and ask University students of law who can sue and be sued and juxtapose that with the address of buildings that he put there as defendants. It is a embarrassment to the legal profession, quite frankly”.