Director of communications for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 election campaign, Festus Keyamo, has denied paying entertainer turned activist, Charly Boy, for support during the polls.
Charly Boy’s former collaborator and co-partner in the OurMumuDonDo Movement, Deji Adeyanju, has accused the singer of collecting money from Keyamo to release a song criticising Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Adeyanju on Wednesday released an audio recording of Charly Boy allegedly admitting that he was paid by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
A video also appeared online showing Charly Boy purportedly admitting that he got paid in nine figures.
Responding in a series of tweets on Friday, Keyamo said it was absurd for anyone to think he would pay for a song that disses both the APC and PDP.
“If the quarrelling parties want to hurt their egos by bandying phantom figures, they should leave me out of it,” he said.
Keyamo repeated his often stated claim that some of them ran the Buhari campaign on zero budget as volunteers.
He encouraged Charly Boy and Adeyanju, whom he called long-time friends and clients, to continue the on the path they have chosen.
“I will hate to see them fall apart. Therefore it behoves us all to work together to put things right. I always enjoy vibrant opposition!”
Announcing his resignation from OurMumuDonDo last week, Adeyanju said Charly Boy sold out to the oppressors while he was in prison on allegation of murder.
Charly Boy is quoted by multiple media outlets to have said Adeyanju was upset because he wanted part of the money given to him.
The later, however, claimed on Wednesday that he rejected offers of about $2 million made to him to quit opposing the government.
“Not that we haven’t been offered money to compromise as well. Since 2017 till date, I have been offered over $2million to compromise but I refused. If I had, they wouldn’t have sent me to Kano Central Prison or tried to charge me for terrorism & other crimes,” he posted on Twitter.