Omoyele Sowore, 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, has debunked the allegation by the Department of State Services, DSS, that he collected money from Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to pull down the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
He, 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.
Sowore stated this in a process he filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday.
He also 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 account both locally and international had 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 though 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.
It 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 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.