Femi Fani-Kayode, the former minister of aviation, has come under fire for his response to the ruling of the Appeal Court that removed Daudu Lawal, the Peoples Democratic Party’s governor of Zamfara State (PDP).
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was mandated to conduct new elections in three local governments after the Court of Appeal ruled that the March 18 governorship election in Zamfara was inconclusive.
The three-member panel of justices declared on Thursday that Governor Lawal’s win was void and that new elections be held in the Maradun, Birnin Magaji, and Bukuyun Local Government Areas.
Fani-Kayode responded to the news via X, congratulating Matawalle and applauding the court for having the guts to remove Dauda. She emphasised that the decision was the beginning process of returning a stolen mandate.
He applauded the judges on the panel and the judiciary as a whole for having the guts to follow the correct course of action and start the process of giving back the mandate that had been stolen.
In light of the accusations and derogatory remarks made against Matawalle in the media over the past few months, the former minister expressed hope that he will be back in office as governor following the rerun.
On social media, however, Fani-Kayode has drawn criticism from users for applauding the court decision despite knowing that the PDP won the election since he is a friend of the outgoing governor.
View a few of the responses below.
@PureStanley1 wrote: “I commend the panel of judges and the Judiciary generally for having the courage to do the right and proper thing and beginning the process of returning what was a stolen mandate to its rightful owner. – FFK
“Jester, u commend the judiciary for returning a mandate that was stolen??? This epistle should be a joke!!!
We all know APC owns the court, and they have the judiciary at the back of their pockets, so whoever thinks they made the right decision here. Jokes on u.
“The Nigeria JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS ROTTEN!!!”
@Mansaah_Musa wrote: “Hon. Minister of State for Defence is the worst Minister in Tinubu’s Cabinet. There are other people who are much better than him and can do a better job. I still do not know why Tinubu gave him that post.”
@EdoGoodnews wrote: “I join you to celebrate your friend. Pls kindly tell him as your friend that he is the worst defence minister. I know you are fearless and bold. Just kindly tell him in a polite manner.”
@sinaheart2022 wrote: “See your face. Anywhere belle face.”
@victorebhote2 wrote: “You call that a resounding victory? Did the court ordered the Governor to vacate his seat? Sycophancy should have some limit.
@ohiomoko wrote: “Why is it only those who are holding top positions in North that is always your brother?
@Ekoka01 wrote: “Are you from Zamfara, how do you know the people are happy, stop saying what you don’t know. On the last day, I wonder how people like you will be able to make heaven not to talk of even staying at the front side of hell.”
@dgreatoom wrote: “Hustle Hustle 🤡🤣🤣🤣”
@ArtIsANeed wrote: “Our able Minister of Greetings & Visitations, irè ó. Famzing should have your picture next to it in the Urban Dictionary.
“The same goes for ‘anywhere belle face’. Let’s not forget ‘Janus-faced’. Femooooo, my guy. At the opening of every brown envelope, you shall be gathered there.”
@harbitem wrote: “Bookmark this tweet he will go on hiatus one more time once the judgement goes against his referred friend.“
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