Lere Olayinka, media aide to Governor Ayodele Fayose, has slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its condemnation of James Ibori’s inclusion in national convention committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The APC had, in a tweet, mocked the PDP caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, for including Ibori, who had just served a jail term in the United Kingdom, in the party’s national convention committee.
— APC United Kingdom (@APCUKingdom) August 11, 2017
But Olayinka, who slated the APC for being hypocritical, went further to list some chieftains of the APC who had allegedly been convicted for stealing.
He alleged that despite being indicted for “stealing $25,000” in the United States, the APC deemed it fit to field Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to be Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2015.
In a statement titled “Ibori‘s appointment into PDP Convention Committee and APC hypocrisy,” Olayinka said;
“1. The first National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande was jailed in 1984 by a Tribunal duly set up by Buhari’s military regime for using funds belonging to the old Oyo State to fund his political party.
“Interestingly, Baba Bisi Akande was only released from jail and not pardoned by the Ibrahim Babangida government.
“It is also a fact that it was late Chief Sunday Afolabi who prevailed on the Osun State PDP not to go to court to raise the issue of Akande’s conviction vis his qualification to contest election as a governor in 1999.
“2. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the APC Leader in the House of Representatives was convicted for professional misconduct by the Supreme Court of Georgia, United States of America.
“Fact is Hon Gbajabiamila was convicted in the United States for stealing his client’s $25,000 and he is leading the APC in the House of Reps. He was banned from practising law in the USA for 36 months.
“The punishment for Femi Gbaja’s offence would have been debarment for life, however he played dead before a full panel of the Supreme Court of Georgia led by Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, before the court could rule on the petition from his client, he filed a petition for Voluntary Discipline, filed under bar rule 4-227(b) in which he fully admitted to stealing $25,000 from his client.
“In spite of this indictment, Gbajabiamila was even presented to be Speaker of the House of Reps and same APC people are condemning the inclusion of Ibori in the PDP National Convention Committee,” he wrote.