By NAL staff writer
Former special assistant to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo on public affairs (2003 - 2006), Femi Fani-Kayode on Saturday refuted allegation of meeting with former American Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell to seek the support of the United States for the famous third term plot by Obasanjo on the eve of 2007 presidential election.
Reacting to NAL headliner that indicted the former minister over the role he played in the controversial botched third term plot (as contained in the leaked U.S. diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks), Fani-Kayode called the report a fabrication.
“The truth is that the story is absolutely untrue and no such meeting ever took place between my goodself, Prince Tokunboh Sijuwade, his Royal Highness the Ooni of Ife and Ambassador John Campbell in Lagos or indeed anywhere else, ” he said.
The former OBJ spokesman described the news story as “a figment of the imagination of the author of the report, a complete fabrication and it represents nothing but falsehood.”
Ambassador Campbell in one of his regular official reports classified as ‘Secret,’ reported meeting with both the former special assistant and the Ooni of Ife, HRH Oba Okunade Sijuade on February 25 2006 at the request of the latter at his Lagos home. According to Amb. Campbell, the Ooni assisted by Fani-Kayode requested for U.S endorsement of Obasanjo’s failed third term bid.
When contacted to react to Fani-Kayode denial and allegation of fabrication of an official report, Amb. Campbell told NAL that he cannot afford to make comment on any classified materials.
“The cable you reference remains classified and subject to all the restrictions imposed on classified traffic.”
As a top diplomatic official, Amb Campbell is forbidden under the oat of office to discuss and comment on classified issues or report as contained in the leaked cables.
Consequently, the public may be forever denied of full knowledge of major revelations contained in the US diplomatic cables as published by Wikileaks.