Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has again refuted reports making the rounds that he has formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Following Monday’s meeting with some top members of the ruling party in Abuja, Fani-Kayode was believed to be heading to the APC, a move which was further fuelled by his visit to former President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja, Wednesday.
However, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello’s public announcement of Fani-Kayode as a new member of the APC set off mixed reactions among political bases as top officials of the ruling party announced their readiness to challenge the ex-minister’s decision to join their fold.
Earlier, Tuesday, Fani-Kayode had explained his meeting with some top officials of the APC in Abuja, saying it was ‘aimed at building bridges.’
Fani-Kayode, in a statement on his Twitter handle, said his meeting with the APC leadership on Monday in Abuja, was to discuss the “state of the nation, national issues, party politics and the way forward.”
He added that the meeting was aimed at building bridges, joining hands across political divides and regional lines to save Nigeria from what he termed drift to civil war.
“Despite our differences, as leaders and statesmen, we must all sheath our swords and ensure that we never go down that path. May God help our country and may He guide us all,” he said.
However, Fani-Kayode, again, Wednesday, took to his Twitter handle (@realFFK) to publicly deny any plans to defect to the APC.
“Though we have had meetings across party lines and we are in a season of political consultation I have not left the PDP,” the ex-minister and staunch critic of the Presiddnt Muhahhadu Buhari administration, as well as the APC.
Meanwhile, opposition to FFK’s decision to join the APC appears to gaining relevance as members of the ruling party have begun mobilization against the move.
“He has publicly fabricated stories, insulted, damaged and distorted information about our party and our leaders. The elementary rule of decency would require some good distance between our leaders and such a person,” Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Mohammed Lukman, warned, Tuesday.
While on his part, Bashir Ahmad, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari said vis his Twitter account, Wednesday, “Please stay in your lane, sir.”