Former minister for aviation and spokesman for PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the 2019 election, and a prominent opposition voice against the administration of President Muhammad Buhari, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, citing national interest concerns.
He was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Aso Rock Villa by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of APC, and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, on Thursday.
“Today at the State House, Abuja: Somebody has come and joined the APC. And a large-hearted and magnanimous President received him. Because that’s the essential Buhari for you,” a presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, posted on Facebook attaching pictures of FFK and his boss.
Citing the National Interest, and the need to cohere with the ruling party to support what he described as “external aggression aimed at dismembering Nigeria,” the former chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party said “the Spirit of God” led him to taking the decision.
Speaking on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics’, -Kayode emphatically said he joined APC to achieve unity, peace and togetherness in Nigeria.
When asked to comment on the statement he made in 2015 against President Muhammadu Buhari, the outspoken Femi opined that: “There is a time to condemn and criticize people. There is also a time to come together, work together to achieve unity.”
Recall that Chief Kayode had in 2015 condemned politicians that joined the ruling party, saying that he would rather die than join APC.
“APC is a liberal party. A lot has happened in APC over the years. The party has changed and President has accommodated the change. Had the APC leadership not changed I wouldn’t have joined them.”
When confronted with the views of critics that he “made his move for the money,” Chief Kayode took exception to such insinuations, insisting that he stood to achieve more for the country from within the ruling party than from outside of it.