Former Young Progressive Party presidential candidate, YPP, Kingsley Moghalu, responded to the allegation made by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), that he had resigned from his party because the All Progressive Congress, APC had named him.
DAILY POST claimed that Falana had accused Moghalu of resigning at the 2019 Felabration Symposium held at NECA HOUSE, Lagos State, because the ruling party had given him an appointment.
He was quoted as saying, “Opportunism should not be celebrated. Here’s a lawmaker fighting on a party’s platform who has conveniently switched to the APC.
“They’ve just given him an appointment and he has just discarded his own political party. I don’t think that is fair for all.”
Yet, in reaction, Moghalu described the allegations on Tuesday in a post on his official Twitter page as “surprise and humiliation.” Thus, he requested Falana’s apology and public withdrawal.
The statement reads, “Yesterday, October 14, 2019 I attended Felabration 2019: The Fela Debate, an annual event to celebrate the life and work of the late musical icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti that held in Lagos.
“At a point in the event, the compere announced my presence to the audience, noting that I was a presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, and highlighted my unique connection to the event: my candidacy had been formally endorsed by Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, who was also present at the 2019 Felabration; and my Yoruba name Ayodele has been given to me at my birth in Lagos by the late Mrs. Fumilayo Ransome Kuti, Fela’s mother. I left the event at the beginning of the Question and Answer session.
“To my great surprise and embarrassment later in the day, I saw and viewed a video news report entitled “Femi Falana (SAN) publicly attacks @MoghaluKingsley for joining APC.’
“These statements are false. I am not a member of the APC. I have not been given any appointment by the APC government. This effort to malign my character and reputation, by an individual I have always respected, was a complete shock to me.
“It is surprising that a man of Mr. Falana’s standing, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria no less, could make such weighty statements without verification.
“The media that reported this attack on me by Mr. Falana without checking the veracity of his statements acted in dereliction of their professional ethics and have actively spread fake news.
“I demand and expect an apology and a public retraction of this falsehood from Mr. Falana.”
Moghalu explained that since the elections he has moved into advocacy for electoral/political reforms and voter education in Nigeria.
“I contested in the 2019 presidential election as the flag bearer of the the Young Progressives Party (YPP). Since the elections I have convened To Build a Nation (TBAN), a non-partisan citizens’ movement focused on advocacy for electoral/political reforms and voter education in Nigeria. In order to strengthen the integrity of the movement’s non-partisan stance, I recently announced my resignation from the YPP. I am NOT a member of any political party.”