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I Don’t Owe Journalist An Apology, Says Fani-Kayode After Press Conference Incident

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Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister, has insisted he does not owe the Daily Post journalist, who he lambasted at a press conference in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, an apology.

In a series of tweets of Tuesday, the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the journalist had made an insulting assertion towards him.

The former assistant to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, said the journalist had made an assertion rather than ask a question.

“During my tour of the South and after a long and successful press conference in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, a journalist put up his hand for the last question and said, “Well we do not know who is bankrolling you”. This is not a question but an assertion and an insult,” he tweeted.

“And if this insulting ASSERTION were made before Trump or OBJ I know how they would have reacted. Above is my response & I have no apology to offer for it. The young man apologised to me during the press conference & sent his apologies to me after the conference.

“I have accepted his apologies & moved on. I have always had respect for journalists & always will. Those of them that know me or worked with or for me over the last 30 years can attest to that. However there is a distinction between asking a question & offering an insult.

“This is all the more so when it is clear that the assertion was sponsored and engineered by my political enemies who wanted to use the young man to insult and embarrass me and question my integrity. Well they got more than they bargained for.

“I repeat this was not a question but an assertion and an gratutious insult and I will not accept that from any man born of woman. Thank you,” he said.

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