Senator Dino Melaye, the spokesman for Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign, berated Labor and Employment Minister Festus Keyamo over his recent outburst against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate.
Keyamo had appeared on Channels TV on Friday to attack the former vice president and condemn his presidential ambition.
The minister said in an interview that Atiku has nothing to offer the country and states that the PDP candidate is unable to rule Nigeria as president.
According to Keyamo, Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi is much better than Atiku in terms of capacity and experience.
However, Senator Dino Melaye, who was angry at Keyamo’s claims, said the minister does not have the moral impulse to attack Atiku.
Dino, a former PDP governor aspiring in Kogi state and currently the spokesperson for Atiku’s 2023 presidential campaign, refuted Keyamo, saying that anyone who has served as vice president is suitable for the number one position.
In a video posted on his social media, Dino challenged the minister to a debate in which he vowed to break him (Keyamo) to pieces.
He said: “Ask Nigerians today what wallet Keyamo holds? Many will tell you that they don’t even know the ministry he works in because he is redundant, inactive and invisible.
“Because he is not known as a minister, he mistook his officer as Secretary of State for the position of Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. No Nigerian who is educated and intellectually sound will abuse the office of the Vice President of Nigeria.
“What Keyamo attacked is not Atiku Abubakar, but the office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the number two office in this country.
“As he has cashed in on his conscience, therefore, he will not understand that the Nigerian VP’s office has some ministries, agencies under direct supervision and supervision.
Therefore, he will not know that in the absence of the president, the vice president is the acting president with executive power when the president is out of the country. So what he has done is he has abused the office of the Nigerian VP even as a lawyer who should understand the constitutionality of that office.
“Anyone who has been vice president is fit to be president. Can Keyamo also say that Atiku has not succeeded internationally as a businessman?
“Just because you’re trading under ‘sekpe’ or under the influence of marijuana do you just smoke your weed and think you can just open your mouth and talk? Because you’re defending someone who uses more drugs than food these days?
“You’re talking nonsense and I’m going to challenge you to a debate. Nigerians know who you are, they know you are a commercialized character, a failed politician.
“I challenge you to a debate and if we sit down I’ll break you to pieces.”
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