A mild feud has ensued between former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and spokesperson of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council over the candidature of the party flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Dogara had reacted to a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari who urged Nigerians, yesterday in Nasarawa State to vote for Tinubu, saying the latter would give his best to the country.
“Today in Lafia, Nasarawa State, I delivered my message: VOTE Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria, and VOTE Governor Abdullahi Sule for a 2nd term! I have known Asiwaju for more than 20 years; he is a committed Nigerian; he will give his best to Nigeria!” Buhari had said.
Reacting, Dogara retweeted Buhari’s tweet, contending that Tinubu is too controversial to lead the country.
“I know that PMB loves to crack jokes but I didn’t know he will escalate it to the level of satire. Asiwaju ll (sic) give his best to Nigeria, really? Fake certificates, fake parentage, golden triangle escapades, racketeering. No PMB, Nigeria does not deserve his best but we get the satire,” tweeted Dogara.
Hitherto, Dogara had supported Tinubu’s ambition until he dumped him for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the former failed to pick a Christian as a running mate.
‘POLITICAL PROSTITUTE, WANDERER AND BACK-STABBER’
Keyamo, while responding to Dogara tagged him a “political prostitute”, a “wanderer”, and a “back-stabber” for demeaning Tinubu.
“My brother and law school mate, @YakubDogara, this tweet is beneath you. You are actually pained by the support of PMB for @officialABAT, two leaders who have stayed true to their beliefs and causes, unlike the political prostitute, wanderer & back-stabber that you’ve always been,” Keyamo berated Dogara.
Dogara in his response admitted that he attended the same law school as Keyamo. However, he knocked the APC spokesperson, alluding he had gone beyond him in politics. According to Dogara, his ex-colleague at law school would have to win a councillorship post before considering him a political mate.
“My brother, I have a name for you but because it’s not a good one, I won’t say it as a cost of friendship,” Dogawa tweeted. “Yes, we were mates at Law School but I am waiting for you to win a councilorship election first so we can be mates in politics. Learn to punch below your weight category.”
But Keyamo noted the former speaker had lost it by thinking everyone needs to be rated by their fates at the polls. He advised Dogara to respect him as a senior colleague in the legal profession.
“My brother, it is sad you think every one must be rated by elections won and lost. You’ve just insulted millions of Nigerians in their various fields of endeavour,” said Keyamo. “Let me remind you that I’ve reached the height of our profession & you must learn to respect your senior at the bar!”