Femi Fani-Kayode and Bello Matawalle
Femi Fani Kayode, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC has taken a swipe at those calling for the sack of the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle.
Recall that the immediate past governor of Zamfara state was accused by the State Government of financial impropriety, including embezzlement related to the state cargo airport project.
Matawalle was also accused of instructing the Ministry of Local Government to withdraw N1 billion from the local government joint account on October 25, 2021, and to pay N825 million to contractors without proper valuation.
However, in a post via X on Friday, Fani Kayode said the unsubstantiated allegations against Matawalle are false, stressing it is sponsored and orchestrated by his enemies in Zamfara State to discredit and destroy him.
According to FFK, the former governor worked assiduously and diligently during Tinubu’s presidential campaign, adding the claims that the President would consider dropping him as minister over a baseless accusation is absurd.
He wrote, “Those that have called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to remove my friend and brother Dr. Bello Matawalle, the former Governor of Zamfara state, as the Minister of State for Defence are on a wild goose chase.
“I say this because firstly, the unsubstantiated allegations being made against him are false and are nothing but part of a well-sponsored and well-orchestrated plot by his enemies in Zamfara state to discredit and destroy him.
“Matawalle was the first Governor in the North West to pitch his tent with President Tinubu long before the presidential campaign even started, and he more than anyone else built the bridge of trust between the North and the South West.
“He worked assiduously and diligently day and night to achieve this and I can bear witness to that.
“The notion that President Bola Tinubu would contemplate dropping him from his cabinet simply because of the baseless allegations being peddled about him and after he has displayed such unalloyed support and help unquestioning loyalty is absurd.
“Those that are after Matawalle and are seeking his downfall are labouring in vain.
“I have known him for many years, he is a profoundly good man and he shall do an excellent excellent job as Minister of State for Defence.”