Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has derided Festus Keyamo, the former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, over his law degree following his defeat in a lawsuit at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Phrank Shaibu, Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, expressed this sentiment in Abuja, urging Keyamo to discard his law degree as it holds no value. The mockery stems from Keyamo’s earlier petition before the 2023 general elections to various anti-graft agencies, accusing Atiku of money laundering during his tenure as Vice President under President Olusegun Obasanjo.
In a statement released on Monday, Shaibu highlighted that Keyamo hastily filed a lawsuit against the agencies when they did not act on his petition within three days, driven by a desire to please his paymasters. However, the presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho, dismissed Keyamo’s suit due to incompetence and imposed a N10 million fine on him.
Shaibu asserted that the judgment exposed Keyamo’s political opportunism and lack of competence, questioning how he attained the rank of senior advocate. He further noted that Keyamo’s behavior was unbecoming of a refined lawyer, considering his association with Chief Gani Fawehinmi. Shaibu also highlighted Keyamo’s track record of losing high-profile cases during his time as an EFCC prosecutor.
Shaibu emphasized that their prediction of Keyamo’s loss was vindicated, citing previous failed cases against Governor Timipre Sylva, Femi Fani-Kayode, the Lagos State House of Assembly during the Tinubu certificate scandal, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.
Shaibu concluded by suggesting that Keyamo should discard his law certificate and focus on his job as a social media influencer, as he has gained notoriety for filing frivolous suits for the sake of media attention.