Fani-Kayode counters Yahaya Bello over defection to APC

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Former Nigeria aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has said he remains in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after the Kogi State governor said he had the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bello told journalist after revalidating his APC membership that “I have the mandate to sanitize, mobilize and educate and woo Nigerians into the party, irrespective of their background.

“Our Brother Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has joined our party in good faith. He is joining our party to add his own positive energy and make a contribution to ensure that APC is a party to beat.”

“Remember that Fani-Kayode was a foundation member of this great party but due to misunderstanding, he decided to port elsewhere,” Bello said.

“Now he has decided to join our party (APC).

“He (Fani-Kayode) approached me and by the mandate given to me by the party, I must not segregate or discriminate against any individual even if he has a different opinion about the governing party before and he has seen the light, the reality and the need to join the All Progressives Party.

“You are free to join if you feel otherwise and you cannot understand what is happening before and now you understand and want to join we will welcome you with our arms wide open. So Chief Femi Fani Kayode you are welcome to our party, come and make your own contribution.”

But Fani-Kayode in a Twitter post refuted the claim by the Kogi State governor saying “Though we have had meetings across party lines and we are in a season of political consultation I have not left the PDP”.

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Fani-Kayode met separately, then together, with Governors Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Malam Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who chairs the caretaker committee of the APC on registration and revalidation of party members at a Guest House in Wuse, Abuja earlier this week.

Many believe the meeting could signal part of the process for the former minister, a staunch critic of President Muhammadu Buhari to return to the ruling party.