Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Giving his reason for not supporting President Goodluck Jonathan, Keyamo said it was because he has proved his incapacity to fight corruption.
In a statement made available to Vanguard, yesterday, Keyamo said Jonathan’s decision to appoint a money-laundering suspect who he, Keyamo is prosecuting on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was a great act of indiscretion.
“We have a President who has no single appetite to fight corruption – yes, none. Imagine a campaign that is dominated by the theme of corruption, yet the President has decided to appoint a person facing trial for money-laundering as his Director of Media and Publicity.
“If nobody would say it, I will say it because I am the one prosecuting the fellow in court and the case has been adjourned to February 23 and 24 for trial. Part of the lies told is that the fellow has been freed whereas some of the counts in the charge were just struck out and the court held that he has a case to answer on some other counts. Yet nobody is asking the President these hard questions,” Keyamo said.
The Lagos lawyer also dismissed allegations as regards Buhari’s lack of a certificate as a non-issue. He flayed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for focusing its campaign on the personality of the APC candidate instead of on issues.
“All the personal attacks on the person of Buhari in the last few weeks have only convinced me that he is the best available option at this time. Anyone on the weaker side in any argument always resorts to personal abuses and attacks. Have you noticed that on corruption, the only accusation against Buhari is that, he was too high-handed in fighting corruption in the past? In other words, nobody has accused him of lacking the courage, zeal and will to fight corruption.
“In one of his famous interviews, Jonathan did not see stealing as corruption,” Keyamo quipped.