The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr. Omoyele Sowore, have rejected allegation by the Department of State Services, DSS, that he received money from the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to overthrow the government of President Buhari Muhammadu.
Sowore, however, admitted that though, he had a meeting with Kanu in the United States, US, he did not receive any fund to wage war against President Buhari.
He (Sowore) made this known in a process he filled before the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday.
Sowore maintained that contrary to DSS allegation against him in its counter-affidavit, he has never visited Dubai or any country in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, since he was born.
He disclosed that DSS never knew he had a meeting with Kanu till it was published on his online news platform, Sahara Reporters, adding that his banks accounts both locally and international has been investigated by the secret police.
In a motion, he filed through his lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, Sowore, argued that he has never been involved in any terrorist activity “and there is no evidence whatsoever linking him to any terrorist activity”.
The affidavit that was deposed on his behalf by a lawyer in Falana’s Chamber, Abubakar Marshal said through the Revolution Now mass protest took place in many cities across the Country on the August 5 in his absence, there was no reported attempt to violently topple the government in Nigeria.
The statement reads, “That on Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 he met with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a British national in New York City, United States of America and at the end of the said meeting, they both issued a joint press statement. A copy of the said statement is hereto attached and marked EXHIBIT A. The Applicant/Respondent did not know about the meeting until it was reported in Sahara Reporters, an online medium published by him.
“That contrary to the deposition in Paragraph (vii-xi) of the counter-affidavit, there was nowhere in EXHIBIT SSS1 where he expressed a desire to launch any violent attack or topple any government in Nigeria.
“That is further response to paragraphs 4 (vii-xii) he did not plan a coup with anyone but he mobilized the Nigerian people including students and youths, workers, market women and other oppressed people to influence the federal government, the 36 state governments and 774 local governments to address the crises of corruption, maladministration, mismanagement of the economy and insecurity.
“On August 5, 2019, the Applicant / Respondent claimed that it had the Respondent/Applicant in custody and boasted that it had foiled the Revolution. In the evening of the same date, the federal government issued a statement wherein it thanked the Nigerian people for not joining the RevolutionNow protests.
“The present administration had promised to create one million jobs per annum, end epileptic supply of electricity, end corruption and impunity and restructure the country, end insecurity and manage the economy in the interest of the Nigerian people.
“Apart from failing to address these problems, the Muhammadu Buhari administration has compounded them in a manner that the majority of Nigerians are frustrated.
“That aside the myriads of challenges noted above, insecurity has increased to the extent that thousands of people have been killed by terrorists, kidnappers, armed herders, armed soldiers and armed policemen without any hope in sight.
“That contrary to the deposition in Paragraph 4(xiv) of the counter-affidavit, the Respondent / Applicant has never visited Dubai or any of the UAE Cities in his life and he has never received any money from any individual, group or organization for the purpose of removing the President or freeing any person through any unlawful means or for any other unlawful purpose whatsoever.
“That he has willingly availed the Applicant/Respondent of his local and foreign banks’ account details. In the course of the said investigative interviews of the 7th and 8th August 2019, officials of the Applicant/Respondent told him that they could not believe that he does not have millions of Naira in his accounts.
“That due to the refusal of the Applicant/Respondent to obey the court orders for the release Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife from unlawful custody his supporters have been protesting against the refusal of the Federal Government to abide by the said orders.
“That like million other persons worldwide, the Respondent / Applicant has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to obey the court order and release the said Sheikh Ibraheem El Zakzaky and his wife from custody.
“That contrary to the assertion in paragraph 4 (xvi) he has never held any meeting or consultations with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.” he added.