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Eedris Abdulkareem Singled Me Out Because  I refused Him To Join Buhari Campaign- Keyamo

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo says Eedris  Abdulkareem chose to blackmail  him  because he refused to let him join Buhari campaign in 2018.

According to the minister, the singer pleaded  him to introduce him to Abubakar Malami, Attorney general of the Federation(AGF) and Rotimi Ameachi, Minister of Transportation , ti pursue his course of getting into the system.

Keyamo also disclosed that Abdulkareem begged  him for a loan of over three million naira to pay for his hotel bills in Abuja and also cater for his sick mother.

On Tuesday, the Musician released of the  project of the hit song  ‘Jaga Jaga Reloaded’ where he waxed the following lyrics  “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”

Reacting to the song, Keyamo alleged that  his refusal to honour Abdulkareem’s request led  to the singer to endorse  Atiku Abubakar , presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) for the 2019 general elections and to become a critic of Buhari’s government after the polls.

“Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail,” he wrote.

“In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no.

“When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs, but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter. I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me.

“He then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 m & to cater for his ‘sick mum’. That was already running into more than N3m. However, one government functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick.

“He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him.

“Shortly after this episode when he could not penetrate the system to get the money he so desperately wanted, he then endorsed Atiku and called Buhari a ‘fraudster’. But we decided to ignore his weak voice of opposition.

“After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protests against the same Buhari whom he wanted to serve with his whole ‘body and soul’, but needed money to do so. He has been mentioning my name specifically at occasions as if I am the cause of all his troubles in life.

“Now, the latest is the ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’ that he has waxed to vent his frustrations at not getting into the system. His reference to me as ‘chopping’ reminds me of the gaffe of then Minister Sunday Afolabi who infamously said Bola Ige was invited to Govt to ‘come and chop’!

“I wish to assure Eedris and any who think being in Govt is tantamount to ‘chopping’, that for some of us (I can’t speak for others) it is just an honour to serve our country and an attempt to move from armchair criticism to a real participant in order to make a difference.

“Finally, we can all sit back and enjoy the ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’. One of the objectives of the song is to call me out since I ghosted him for attempted extortion – he has now succeeded. Another objective is to help promote the song by my reaction – that he has also achieved!”

The musician has not responded to the allegations as of the time of this report.

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