Akin Akande, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party has taken the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani -Kayode to the cleaners over his comment of last Thursday’s crash of an Associated Airline in Lagos, describing his reaction as a primitive display of self righteousness, usually associated with an irretrievably diseased mind.
This is even as the party said it would engineer a process through the National Assembly where nominees to federal offices must undergo a psychiatric test.
The ruling party described the former Aviation Minister’s comment as a cheap blackmail from a man whose numerous slips and shameless acts had turned to an illustration of the bad and the scandalous.
The party, in statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Abdullahi Jalo, said in a very short space of six months that Femi was Minister, he destroyed the aviation sector with frivolous spending, girlfriend and concubines.
The party said that it was unbecoming of a man that uses every opportunity to sermonise on virtues of his faith to employ the occasion of any air mishap to vaunt an un-existing legacy as former
Aviation minister, saying that the PDP stands firmly on its exhortation to the aviation authority that last Thursday’s mishap should not constitute a set-back to the progress so far achieved in the sector.
“While Femi is free to keep relishing in his favorite pastime which is blackmail, immoralism and other serial anti socials, we wish to warn that time has far gone when social deviants and other undemocratic rascals, unnecessarily take on the party and the Federal Government and beget silence as a trophy,” it said.
While reviewing the tenure of Femi Fani Kayode as the Minister of Aviation between November 2006 and May, 2007, PDP said: “In a very short space of six months that Femi was Minister, he posted an enviable record in tribalism and nepotism when he employed a record 45 managers for different parastatals under the Aviation Ministry from his native Osun State.
“He went further to retire many officers of the director cadre, replacing them with incompetent cronies, girl friends and concubines.
“Femi did not stop there. Nigerians will recall that his Special Assistant was caught at the Airport while ferrying obscene sums of money on his behalf. Unfortunately, a cover up quickly and successfully came in between.
“Besides, many utility vehicles of the ministry mysteriously surfaced in Ghana where they were converted to domestic use by his family and concubines. Uproar in the Ministry led the EFCC to later recover some of them.
“Shouldn’t Nigerians know that it took the Federal Airport Authority years to clear the debts of hundreds of millions of Naira arising from permanent suites acquired by Femi to host and lodge girls of easy virtues while staging noisy street parties in Lagos.
“It is still on record that the Senate in 2009 indicted Fani-Kayode and recommended him for trial for alleged misappropriation of N19.5 billion belonging to the aviation sector.
“The Senator Anyim Ude led Senate Committee on Aviation, which investigated Fani-Kayode, recommended that he should not hold any public office for five years over charges of misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office, which included the establishing of irregularities in the award of contracts in the ministry, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and NAMA during his tenure.
“We may add here that as far as PDP continues to be voted into power by Nigerians, no one shall any more be appointed into any position on account of the pedigree of his parents. We shall also engineer a process through the National Assembly where nominees to federal offices must undergo a psychiatric test. Femi is a huge disgrace,” the ruling party stated.