The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described as baseless and false the claim by a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, that the PDP and the Presidency had offered Mr. Tinubu the position of vice president in an Interim National Government if he would part company with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Tinubu’s media office said Thursday that “From what can be gathered through informed sources, the PDP and Jonathan Presidency had recently tried to fracture the APC by offering Tinubu the position of vice President in an interim government if he would agree to Part Company with the popular Buhari.
“Once Tinubu rebuffed the offer to participate in the interim scheme, the presidency decided to change tactics. It would no longer try to entice Tinubu with sugar but would now move to silence and if necessary neutralize him.”
Mr. Tinubu did not provide any evidence to back his claim.
Mr. Fani-Kayode, in a response, said, “These allegations are baseless and false. These people have become prisoners of their own delusions and they have become victims of their horrific and terrifying hallucinations.
“We are not in the least bit interested in the formation of an interim government and we are even less interested in participating in any contraption in which Bola Tinubu would play any role.”
Mr. Fani-Kayode also reacted to reports that the PDP was trying to frame Mr. Tinubu, who is a former Lagos State Governor, for the murder of a prominent politician in Lagos, Funso Williams.
“Those that killed Funso Williams know who they are and it is very clear that his spirit is now tormenting his murderers,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said. “Let them be fully aware of this: whoever it was that killed Funso Williams will suffer the judgment of God both in this life and in the life hereafter. God would see to that.”
Mr. Williams was a member of the PDP and he was murdered in his home on July 27, 2006.
He was found tied up, stabbed and strangled. Two people, one his campaign manager and the other a prominent PDP member in Lagos Adeseye Ogunlewe, were arrested for the murder on July 28, 2006.
Mr. Fani-Kayode in his statement Thursday said: “It is not true that anyone is trying to frame Tinubu for murder and it is not true that anyone from our government approached him to be the Vice President of anything. It is clear that he has an overinflated opinion of himself and he is suffering from the most extreme form and manifestation of paranoia.
“The man is hiding from his own shadow and the fear of his party losing at the polls later this month is giving him sleepless nights. Whether he, Buhari and their APC like it or not, they will be devastated at the polls and they would suffer a crushing and irreparable defeat.
“The everlasting confusion that would ensue in their camp after suffering this defeat will never be forgotten. The truth is this: the dementia in which Tinubu is suffering from has come as a consequence of his numerous sins. He should settle all these issues with God and leave us alone.”