Fani-Kayode Defends Matawalle Amidst Allegations
False Accusations Against Matawalle
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has come to the defense of the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, amid accusations of financial impropriety.
The Zamfara State Government alleged that Matawalle was involved in embezzlement, specifically related to the state cargo airport project.
The accusations also include instructing the withdrawal of N1 billion from the local government joint account and paying N825 million to contractors without proper valuation.
Allegations Branded as Sponsored Plot
Fani-Kayode dismissed these allegations as false and part of a well-sponsored and orchestrated plot by Matawalle’s enemies in Zamfara State.
According to him, the intention behind these claims is to discredit and destroy Matawalle’s reputation.
The former Governor of Zamfara has been targeted with accusations that lack substantiation, according to Fani-Kayode.
Matawalle’s Support for Tinubu
Highlighting Matawalle’s history of support, Fani-Kayode pointed out that the former Governor played a pivotal role during President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential campaign.
He emphasized that Matawalle was the first Governor in the North West to align himself with President Tinubu, fostering trust between the North and the South West.
Fani-Kayode personally attested to Matawalle’s dedicated efforts during this period.
Absurdity of Dropping Matawalle
Fani-Kayode expressed his disbelief at the notion that President Bola Tinubu would consider removing Matawalle from his cabinet based on unproven allegations.
He argued that such a move would be absurd, especially considering Matawalle’s unwavering support and unquestioning loyalty.
The former Minister of Aviation asserted that those seeking Matawalle’s downfall are laboring in vain.
Personal Endorsement of Matawalle
In a final show of support, Fani-Kayode praised Matawalle as a profoundly good man and expressed confidence in his ability to excel in the role of Minister of State for Defence.
This endorsement is grounded in Fani-Kayode’s longstanding association with Matawalle and his firsthand knowledge of Matawalle’s character.
Fani-Kayode’s defense of Bello Matawalle is not only a rejection of the allegations but a strong endorsement of Matawalle’s character and loyalty.
Fani-Kayode frames the accusations as a politically motivated plot to undermine Matawalle’s reputation, emphasizing the historical context of Matawalle’s support for President Tinubu.
The former Minister’s statement serves not only as a legal defense but as a political statement of solidarity and trust.