Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, popularly known as FFK, yesterday, became the hottest topic in Nigeria’s political circle after his unexpected decision to pitch tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) seven years after leaving the party to become a fierce critic of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Though he had lately been skirting around some APC leaders, it was not anticipated he would make the bold volte-face after his strident and scathing criticisms of the President and his party.
But signs of his defection began to emerge last month when FFK made a spectacle of his appearance in Kano State during wedding of President Buhari’s son. This effectively set the template for his appearance yesterday at the State House, Abuja, where he was officially presented to President Buhari as a member of the APC.
The former spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council was introduced to the President by the Governor of Yobe State and Chairman of the APC national caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, who was accompanied by his Zamfara State counterpart, Bello Matawalle.
Fielding questions, Buni said: “We are here to present our newest member of the party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, to the President and leader of the party.
“President Buhari received him very well and, you know, Mr. President is a magnanimous leader, who shares his vision with anybody who is looking towards a greater Nigeria. So, he’s happy and he received him very well, he commended his courage.”
Fani-Kayode, who explained that he had been a founding member of the APC, said he returned to the party for the unity and togetherness of the country.
He further hinted that he was also working behind the scene to woo the governors of Oyo, Bauchi and Enugu states, Seyi Makinde, Bala Mohammed and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi respectively to also dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the ruling APC.
He said it was entirely the business those people who hold a not-too-pleasant opinion about his credibility, because of his constant change of political affiliation.
On why he jumped ship, Fani-Kayode said his decision was hinged on the need to join other stakeholders in the country to build bridges in the midst of the prevailing palpable disharmony among citizens.
On what he thinks will be the impression of his former party, PDP, following his decision, FFK said: “Well, that’s left to them. I have many friends in the PDP. If you remember, in 2013, I was actually one of those that formed the APC, there were a few issues and I went back to PDP, but I think it’s an individual thing. As a party, of course, they may not be too happy, but I have no enemies there and I have nothing negative to say about anybody there.
“I believe in moving the country forward together with everybody that believes in Nigeria and wants Nigeria to progress. We must come together to make sure Nigeria is a better place, regardless of party affiliation, but whatever they say, is entirely up to them.”
THE PDP in Oyo State, yesterday, slammed Fani-Kayode for his claim of wooing Governor Seyi Makinde to join the APC. Publicity Secretary of PDP in the state, Akeem Olatunji, who spoke with The Guardian in Ibadan, urged Fani-Kayode to look elsewhere, saying Makinde is not available.
Olatunji said nationally, Makinde is the selling point and poster boy of the party. He added that Makinde is comfortable in PDP and cannot join the party that has inflicted pains on Nigerians.
Source : The Guardian