Minister of State for Labour and Employment and Spokesperson of All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council for the 2023 elections, Festus Keyamo has dismissed reports that he filed a lawsuit against Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling party, over alleged certificate forgery when he was Governor of Lagos state.
Keyamo stated that he sued the Lagos state assembly and not Tinubu, while reacting to statement by the Spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, Daniel Bwala, who insisted that he (Keyamo) sued Tinubu during his first-term as Lagos governor.
Appearing on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm, Bwala cited a law report, Keyamo V. House Of Assembly, Lagos State (2002)18 NWLR (Pt. 799)605.
Reacting to the claim, Keyamo stated that while he is now “the greatest defender of Asiwaju on the issue” which was settled by the Supreme Court, anyone who thinks he would still harbour any kind of resentment more than 20 years later should examine his/her head.
“I never sued Tinubu. No. I sued the House of Assembly seeking an interpretation of the law.
“Once the Supreme Court pronounces on an issue, it becomes binding on even the lawyer who loses and he is bound to obey and defend the judgment of the court. So assuming (which is not conceded) that I made any kind of accusation in the matter, once the Supreme Court ruled, that was the end of the matter and from that moment, it behoves me to stop pushing a matter already laid to rest by the highest court of the land and defend the decision.
“Nigerians would be hearing from the horse’s mouth as to what actually transpired during the battle that raged then and how the matter was eventually laid to rest.
“These battles we waged were not borne out of bitterness and hate, but to “unravel the truth and the real constitutional powers of the House.
“So, once the issue was laid to rest, we move on. Anyone who thinks I would still harbour any kind of resentment more than 20 years later should examine his/her head.”